tree question: bark ripped off in wind - should I cover the wound?

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tree question: bark ripped off in wind - should I cover the wound?

Post by NW » Thu, 12 Nov 1998 04:00:00



Hi, all. I live in Northern Ohio. Over the past few days it has been
*VERY* windy, and a branch of one of my Sugar Gum trees ripped off,
taking several inches of bark with it. There is an open wound of
approximately 5" x 2". I love my trees and don't want to loose any.
Should I cover the exposed area with something? Or would that make
matters worse? I know that exposed wood can sometimes make a tree more
susceptible to disease, so I think I might want to cover it. I know that
years ago people used tar, but recently I have been seeing
recommendations against that. If I should cover it, what would you folks
recommend?      

Thanks in advance.

Nancy

 
 
 

tree question: bark ripped off in wind - should I cover the wound?

Post by Joh » Fri, 13 Nov 1998 04:00:00


Current advice AFAIK is to allow the wound to be open. The tree
will protect itself and tar or covering the affected area will
allow anaerobic bacteria and molds to work underneath the
covering.

Cleaning the wound is helpful. Trim off all loose bark with sharp
tools making neat clean edges. Smooth out any deeper holes or
torn regions so that water will drain easily.

Regards,
John

Quote:

>Hi, all. I live in Northern Ohio. Over the past few days it has been
>*VERY* windy, and a branch of one of my Sugar Gum trees ripped off,
>taking several inches of bark with it. There is an open wound of
>approximately 5" x 2". I love my trees and don't want to loose any.
>Should I cover the exposed area with something? Or would that make
>matters worse? I know that exposed wood can sometimes make a tree more
>susceptible to disease, so I think I might want to cover it. I know that
>years ago people used tar, but recently I have been seeing
>recommendations against that. If I should cover it, what would you folks
>recommend?  

>Thanks in advance.

>Nancy

Current advice, AFAIK, is to allow the wound to be open and use
no tars or other sealants on the tear. The tree will protect
itself and tar or covering the affected area will allow anaerobic
bacteria and molds to work underneath the covering.

Cleaning the wound is helpful. Trim off all loose bark with sharp
tools making neat clean edges. Smooth out any deeper holes or
torn regions so that water will drain easily.

Regards,
John
--
in S. Central PA, Zone 6b

 
 
 

tree question: bark ripped off in wind - should I cover the wound?

Post by NW » Fri, 13 Nov 1998 04:00:00


Thanks very much to all of you who provided advise in response to my
posting. I will trim the ragged edges of the surrounding bark with a
clean, sharp knife and let mother nature take her course.

Best regards to all of you.

Nancy