The days are longer and the sun is warm. Tapping the maple trees has begun in the Bella Hill sugarbush! A cordless drill is used to make a 5/16 inch hole in each maple tree. Care is taken to ensure the tree stays healthy by not overtapping or tapping adjacent to previous years’ tapholes. The spile, that is attached to tubing, is tapped into the hole. A small portion of the tree’s sap will be collected and delivered to the sugar shack via the tubing. This routine is repeated 2,000 times and takes the Costello’s about 4 days to complete. Then it is up to mother nature to provide warm days and cool nights so that the sap will flow.