More About Saving a Broken Tree
Do not use string, wire or small diameter rope when tying upor staking a tree. It will cut into the bark and cause damage. We use a vinyltie tape which stretches as the tree grows. You can usually find it in1/2" & 1" widths. Here I tied up 2 branches on a Buckeye that wasbroken by heavy snow. I'll cut one of them back and only allow one new mainleader to grow after about a year or two. The reason I left both of them for awhile was because, God forbid, it would get broken again. If you have a treewith two equal sized leaders subordinate the smaller diameter one by cutting itback a bit, or remove it completely. The other tree shown only has one new mainleader to tie up. Never allow 2 somewhat vertical branches to grow next to eachother as it will create what we call "Included Bark" which willbecome a health issue & a safety hazard in the future. That's a discussionfor another post.
Published December 31st, 2013 4:22 PM
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Tizer Botanic Gardens & Arboretum on Jan 01, 2014Big difference of opinion here. When I took a MG course at the University by a very experienced professor he showed us several studies that proved using any of the commercial products being sold to paint on treewounds was not a help and in some cases not good for the tree. I’m sure you will continue to hear different opinions even by other MG people and even arborist. As for me, I stick by the opinion that it is a waste of $$$. So why do companies continue to make and sell these products? Because people buy them. It is a product that we will not sell in our gardencenter.