Trees are strong, beautiful assets to residential and commercial properties, but unfortunately they can be the victim of damage, strong winds or other accidents. Like people, trees can be wounded and suffer diminished health if these wounds are not treated and monitored over time. In today's blog post, we'll discuss the various treatment and repair methods available for trees that have open wounds or have suffered structural damage. These treatment options will hopefully help property owners avoid complete tree removal and ensure the tree survives for years to come.
Careful Pruning and Bark Removal
At the site of the wound or damage, ragged pieces of bark and broken branches should be carefully pruned away. Gentle tree pruning allows the tree to begin the healing process faster, and is safer for property owners. Removing damaged bark pieces and broken limbs eliminates hiding places for invasive insects and tree diseases. In addition, the tree will be more aesthetically pleasing and will be less of an eyesore for owners and neighbors.
Avoid Wound Dressings
In decades past, it was commonly believed that injured trees benefitted from applying a wound dressing or cavity filling to shield the tree wound from disease or insects. Tree care experts have since determined that these applications and wound dressings do more harm to tree health, as they do not stop tree decay in any way. Conversely, cavity fillings and wound dressings can prevent the tree wound from completely drying out, which can encourage fungal growth and tree deterioration. Open tree wounds should be completely exposed and dried out to promote healing and infection from tree diseases or insects.
Maintain Regular Watering and Fertilization
One of the most important ways property owners can help strengthen their damaged or wounded trees are to continue regular watering and fertilizing their trees. Regular watering allows trees to continue growing and staying hydrated, while deep root fertilization can strengthen and expand the tree's root system. A healthy root system allows the tree to absorb even more nutrients and minerals from the surrounding soil, improving its defenses against invasive insects or tree diseases.