How to Properly Tap a Maple Tree

Maple syrup is delicious on hot pancakes and waffles. In fact, it is even more delicious is you choose to make your own maple syrup. It does require a lot of work, but it can be a relaxing kind of work that is good for the soul. In this video, you will learn how to properly tap a maple tree. If one of these trees is looming over your house, consider calling a tree trimming service.

To start the tapping process, you will need a drill, hammer, and tapping bit. There are special drill bits specifically for maple tapping.

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These bits will provide much more effective holes for draining the sap. Where you drill the hole in the tree for the tap is a crucial step. Drilling in the wrong spot could reduce yields by up to 75%. Avoid tapping near any areas where there are defects or damage. You also want to avoid tapping near last year’s hole or in stained wood. When you have found a spot to drill, drill a hole that is 1.5 to 2 inches deep in one motion. A drill stop can be used to make sure the drill doesn’t go in too deep. Next, hammer in the spout until you hear the noise change and feel the resistance. This spout should be removed after tapping season so that the tree can heal.


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