Treating Tree-Pruning and Stripped Bark Wounds: How the Pros Do It

After I realized that my entire yard was at risk because of our towering pine trees, I decided to start looking for a professional tree service company. I didn't necessarily want to chop the trees down, but I knew that they needed to be trimmed in order to keep millions of pine needles from falling all over my yard. It was a lot of work, but I decided that it would be smart to protect my investments. After finding a great business, it was incredible to see how well they trimmed the trees and tidied up the foliage. This blog is all about working with a great tree service.

Treating Tree-Pruning and Stripped Bark Wounds: How the Pros Do It

25 April 2017
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The bark of a tree is very much like human skin. It protects everything inside and keeps everything inside moist and functioning. If the bark is accidentally or intentionally cut or damaged, the tree could suffer. Even when tree doctors and tree services lop limbs and cut branches, they are quick to repair the wounds left behind in order to protect the tree and keep it healthy. If you do some of your own pruning, cutting, and lopping, you should follow suit with tree wound care. Here is how the pros do it. 

Clean Cuts and Tree Bark Sealer

For limbs about the size of a quarter in diameter to about the breadth of a human hand, these cuts made by you (or a tree service) are often clean cut. Clean cuts are necessary because they will help the tree heal faster (much like removing dead tissue in a human wound helps it heal faster). Then you will need to spray or paint on a special wound sealer made just for trees. It often goes on green or brown, then fades away over time as the tree closes over these spots. If the tree has bigger cuts or more severe damage, you will need a different product or process to help the tree.

Larger Cuts or Damage

If you cut some really big limbs from the tree that are just dragging your tree downward, the tree will regain a more upright shape. While the tree springs back into a more vertical position, you can help heal the bigger cuts with tree tape. Be sure to wind the tree tape tightly around the area where the large limb was cut. The tree tape will be sticky, so you may need extra help if your tree has a large girth. This keeps invading insects out and prevents sun scorch while the tree heals itself.

As for really large areas of damage, you can use the tree tape for this as well, but you may need more than one roll of tree tape. If there is any bark laying around by the tree that was once on the tree, try to replace it on the tree in an area where it looks like the bark came from. Make sure the bark faces the same direction as the rest of the tree bark, and tape it in place with tree tape. The tree's natural sap will begin to ooze out and reattach the loose bark pieces, healing it like a skin graft on human flesh.

For more tips on tree pruning, talk to professionals like Carlos Tree Service Inc.