What species? You definitely don't want to cut hard maple in the spring and summer as the sugar in the tree makes it susceptible to mold and discoloration. Why let it sit a year? Letting it sit means loss to cracks and insect infestation.So, there is an interesting looking burl on a tree on my property. What is the best time of year to harvest the tree? Then once cut down, do I just put end grain sealer and let it sit for a year?
The one on your property does not have the characteristic shape of a burl, but the neighbor does and both look like they probably have major bark inclusions. The sap usually starts running as soon as the strong sunlight of spring is on them and the days are above freezing so you missed it.Thanks for the replies. We still have a small amount of snow here in the UP. So I might still be in the window of "winter" (drat). There are two trees, one on my property one on my (hopefully a really and giving) neighbor. Pix of both included.