how to fix tree bark

Discussion in 'Fertilizers, Pesticides and Diseases' started by birddseedd, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    cliped a tree this winter. what can i do to get the bark to heal well?
     
  2. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    very dark and narrow passage. was much easier once i got some light behind me. its not like i broke the tree. itl heal on its own in time. i jsut want to speed up the process.
     
  3. Cody S

    Cody S LawnSite Senior Member
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    You can graft bark on trees. Take a branch from the tree that is wounded about a quarter inch in diameter. Carefully peel the bark off of the branch, then place this branch bark onto the cleaned wound in the tree, and use some tape (usually the same color as the tree) to secure it. You can do this to all areas that are damaged, and make sure no more clean wood is visible. After about 5 months you will see it actually grows and forms to the tree, as long as you bridged it right. Sounds strange but it works, learned it from a tree guy.
     
  4. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
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    What type of tree?
     
  5. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    thank you. ill do that
     
  6. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    im not sure the kind of tree. never really looked at it
     
  7. Cody S

    Cody S LawnSite Senior Member
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    Bark is constantly reproducing so as long as you didn't get into the cambium (transports the nutrients) it should heal itself in a few months. However placing the bark over it will help protect it against pests and animals, just make sure it is fresh. Don't use sealers, because once you put it on whatever has gotten onto the wood (fungus, etc.) you just trap it.
     
  8. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    are you sure to only take the bark from 1/4 inch branches. tahts a pretty small branch to peel bark off of.
     
  9. Cody S

    Cody S LawnSite Senior Member
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    It really depends the size of the gash. Pruning smaller branches has less of an impact on the tree. You could most likely go up to an inch and a half. Whatever the tree could safely spare, go ahead.
     
  10. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    I understand.

    thank you very much. i hope the customer will be impressed.
     

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