Protecting damaged Pear tree trunks

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Jet boater, Apr 19, 2003.

  1. Jet boater

    Jet boater LawnSite Member
    Posts: 113

    I have a couple of Aristrocrat Pear trees (5" trunks and approx 25' tall) in our front yard. A couple of years ago, some vandals tried to set them on fire with lighter fluid.

    The trees survived, but I'm noticing the bark at the very base of the tree and up 6-9" off the ground (where there was burn damage) has separated from the wood beneath it. It appears under the bark there is evidence of the tree 'healing' around the wound.

    My question is, should I do something to these areas to protect the tree. Wrap it? Remove the bark and apply a sealer? If so, what type of sealer? Treat for potential insects? Any advice would be appreciated!!

    D. Tom
  2. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,622

    Thats a tough call. I know what I wouldnt do: I would not wrap the trunks, as most trunk wraps are perfect "homes" for insects. Also, I wouldnt pull away the bark.

    There is a brush on treatment, like liquid bark....made by a German company....I will see if I could dig up the name. It is some really good stuff.
  3. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
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    Just let it keep sealing over. I would NOT recommend pelling the bark away.
  4. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Posts: 1,557

    Just let the trees natural process of recovery take place.

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