Tree Wound Repair

Treatment Of Tree Wounds

Always contact a professional tree service provider immediately if you find new damage to your trees as sometimes proper treatment to correct the damage is time sensitive.

Kingston Tree Damage RepairFirst and foremost, it's important to realize that a tree does not "heal" it's wound's. Instead, a wounded tree will isolate the damage through the forming of a suberized, lignified wood that will repel any invasion both chemically and physically. A Callus will develop around the edge of a wound and eventually grow itself towards the center of the wound. This Callus wood will remain with the tree for life, and the tree bark will not regrow itself.

Is using a wound dressing beneficial?

Contrary to common belief, using store bought tree wound dressing products is not the proper process of treating most tree wounds. Using commercial wound kits/dressings will not halt any rot or decay from penetrating the tree. These dressing's will not promote the tree to heal properly, and will in contrast hold in unnecessary moisture, which serves as a food source to disease-producing agents, bacterium, or other organisms.

How to Treat Tree Wounds

Obviously it is always best to try and prevent tree wounds before they happen through regular pruning and tree care. However if a tree does become wounded there are several steps you can take to ensure a speedy, and healthy recovery. Remember a wounded tree will do an excellent job on isolation of any wounds. Here's a few tips to help the process....

Step 1 - Cut/prune any broken limbs back to its larger mate limbs with pruning shears or a pruning saw. In addition, pruning any limb that's dead or dying and requires pruning from the tree is the best process for treating a wound to a tree as it increase the overall vitality of the tree. In most cases, tree's will naturally heal the wound over time.

Step 2 - Make your cuts as close to the trees new bud growth as you can. Large limbs must be cut back to the main trunk area, however never make cuts to larger limbs too close to the tree's trunk, instead leave several inches of the old limb.

Tree Bark Wound TreatmentStep 3 - Carefully cut back any rough bark edges into a smooth cut using a sharp knife of wood chisel. This is also necessary for wounds to the trees main trunk. The wounded tree will naturally callus over the area in time. Rough/jagged edges in the bark will jeopardize the tree’s ability to grow the  callus wood needed to cover over the exposed wood. Jagged and torn bark can also continue to rip, causing more damage.

Step 4 - It's important to remove all waste material from the property after tree pruning. The dead limbs and debris will encourage insect and/or bacteria if left on the property, and could spread to the surrounding trees.

Step 5 - in some instances a fungicide or insecticide may be beneficial. For instance, healthy oak trees that are in the vicinity of neighboring trees are infected oak wilt disease, or Ash trees in an area known for the Emerald Ash Borer may benefit from such chemical treatment as these types of problems are attracted wound. Always read the manufacturer's recommendations for use and any warnings of fungicide and insecticides if you feel your tree would benefit from chemical treatment of the open wounds.

Keep children and pets clear of areas that have recieved any chemical treatment of any kind. Be sure to always read and all instructions and warnings on the chemical container, and to follow the directions closely. Control all chemical runoff as most chemicals will be harmful to all aquatic life.

Quality Care for Your Trees

If you find yourself in need of a professional tree care or tree removal service, the Kingston Tree Service experts at Bert's Tree Service. You’ll receive a free service estimate on your tree project.

Call us anytime at - (613) 376-6015