So, here it is mid March and the thoughts of spring cleanup are becoming more frequent. After a very harsh winter season, many a homeowner has a good idea of the work ahead and may be aware of tree damage that needs tending to. We have a number of posts, some offering best practices as to the who, what, where, when and why now topics.
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There is one topic frequently asked is:
How can I repair a large area of bark stripped off a tree?
A: You will need a very shape knife (large probably) for cutting the bark back. Wear cut resistant leather gloves, yes? You want to cut back to where the bark is attached to the wood below and leave it alone. If the tree is otherwise healthy, it will begin healing itself by producing callus tissue that will roll over the open, stripped area in the next few years. Trees have better defensive mechanisms than most people realize. The wound should not be treated with paint, emulsions or wound dressings, as coatings trap moisture against the bark and wood, encouraging decay. Historically, it was sometimes recommended to scribe a wound on a tree or cut the bark around the wound to achieve an elliptical shape, but this is no longer widely recommended and it is better minimizing the amount of healthy tissue removed.
Research your good intentions so as to prevent wrong action(s). Don't totally inhibit the proper healing of your trees.
In the mean time, while dormant, it a good idea to trim the pines now and let the Maples run until the sap stoppes running. All else is fair game. Get em down!
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Back soon to discuss squirrels next week.
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