What's wrong with my tree?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by ahlab, Jul 12, 2005.

  1. ahlab

    ahlab LawnSite Member
    from OK
    Messages: 18

    It's a silver leaf maple. Other than looking ugly is it doing any harm. Can I do anything to fix this? I have a couple more that look similar to this.

  2. br549oicu8

    br549oicu8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,230

    That looks to be an old wound attempting to heal. It's hard to say from what . Does it face west??? Possibly frost crack/sunscald???
    The tissue needs to "roll over" and close in. Keep the wound clean of debris and carve a smooth surface for the tissue to adhere to as it slowly begins to seal. Watch that a pocket does not form at the base. This will give an easy place for decay/rot to form. Bark tracing is another step in the repair but from what I see (and I can't see the bottom) it doesn't need it.

    Buddy Rodgers
    Certified Kansas Arborist since 1982
  3. ahlab

    ahlab LawnSite Member
    from OK
    Messages: 18

    Thanks for the quick reply. Yes, that side of the treee does face west.

    I'll do as you suggest and hopefully it heals up.
    Thanks again.

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