Tree Trimming - Do I need to apply anti-bug paint/gunk?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by BrunswickMowing, Jul 13, 2005.

  1. BrunswickMowing

    BrunswickMowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Not that it makes a difference, but this is on my own property.

    I know there is this paint/goo that you can apply to areas where you cut off a branch to prevent insects from entering and ultimatly killing the tree. Is this nessasary? Does the type of tree matter? I will be taking limbs off a pine and a crab apple.

    Thanks for any info. :help:
  2. Guthrie&Co

    Guthrie&Co LawnSite Senior Member
    from nc
    Messages: 784

    i would say no. most studies show that a tree will heal faster on its own rather than tree paint etc etc.
  3. BrunswickMowing

    BrunswickMowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Thanks scabyscapes for the info.
  4. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    No and be sure you leave the branch collar intact,it contains the hormones that starts the sealing over of the wound.Never make a flush cut,leave the collar you will see were it starts at the base of the branch.
  5. mcclureandson

    mcclureandson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 242

    That's paint, tar or other substance is required. Leave the collar intact.
  6. N.H.BOY

    N.H.BOY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,603

    Why then do I see some put that "paint" on the limbs??? Just a ? from one who does not know?
  7. Kate Butler

    Kate Butler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 640

    Presumeably becasue they don't know any better.

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