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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2022
    Essex Junction, VT

    Default Tapping above branches?

    For a tree with branches in the tapping zone, are there any pro's or con's to tapping above a branch?

    All "my" trees (except one) are not mine and are suburban yard trees, so cutting such branches isn't an option, though I'm also curious if the tree was yours and in your sugarbush, would you cut off such branches as a matter of course.

    I'm thinking in particular of one grand red maple with a couple of large low branches. It has been heavily tapped with buckets and 7/16" spiles over the years, though I noticed the owner skipped this year. Was wondering, if I ever tapped it with 5/16" drops into buckets, if the areas above branches are viable since I know those areas have never been tapped.
    Last edited by Andy VT; 11-02-2022 at 10:46 AM.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2019
    Nashville, MI


    I don't believe you would want to tap directly above the branch. I would think off to one side or the other would be okay. I am not a logger, but have split my fair share of large blocks that had once had branches and the grain of the wood changes where that branch is.
    2004 - 2012 2x3 flat pan 25 to 60 taps
    2012 2x3 new divided pan w/draw off 55 taps
    2018 - didn't boil surgery - bought new evaporator
    2019 new SML 2x4 raised flue high output evap. 65 taps
    made 17 gal. syrup
    2020 - only put out 53 taps - made 16.25 ga.l syrup
    2021 - Didn't work out
    2022 - 25 taps on bags / 8 taps on 3/16's line - late start

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