1. THIESSENS TLC

    THIESSENS TLC LawnSite Senior Member
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  2. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
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    It's an old scar, probably from the mower deck hitting it. Just leave it alone is the best thing to do at this point.
     
  3. THIESSENS TLC

    THIESSENS TLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    These trees were just planted in november, and the mower deck hasn't touched them. All 3 trees have this at the base of the tree.
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  4. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
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    I would say something had rubbed the bark off them. Maybe the strap when they were moved into place. It has started to heal itself from whatever caused it.
     
  5. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    It is a scar, it looks like someone pruned a sucker from the mulch line. Don't cover it with mulch because you may suffocate the tree causing more suckers to come up. Create a bowl with the mulch leaving the scar exposed.
     
  6. THIESSENS TLC

    THIESSENS TLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thankyou, that's what I have done. Just wasn't sure if it had to be covered or not. I'm assuming by creating a bowl, this will collect rain water and be better for the tree???
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  7. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hard to tell from just one angle, but it looks like the tree was cut down and allowed to regrow by selecting one stem from the ones that sprouted. It looks like the trunk is off center of the old trunk and has nearly covered the cut. I've done this occasionally when the tree is just a mess and it's easier to start over.
     
  8. Gilmore.Landscaping

    Gilmore.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
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    Yes, "tree pits" or "mulch rings" are generally good for a new tree and if done neatly they look good. Definitely don't want to cover the scar, and if your maintaining this property you will want to keep an eye on these trees to make sure they scar does stay uncovered and it will eventually heal over more.
     
  9. THIESSENS TLC

    THIESSENS TLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ya, they are on my property so I'll be able to keep a close eye on em! Lol all 3 trees have this "scar", and I've kept them uncovered and made a bowl. Thanks
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  10. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Looks like a grafting scar... what kind of tree is it???

    If it is a graft that means that you have the 'crown' too deep into the ground.... gently rake back the dirt around the trunk until you discover the crown of the tree or hit roots... obviously you would stop at the roots, but you should see the crown first...

    The dish concept is a good one... I use it every time I plant... :)
     

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