We have a damaged crepe myrtle. Should we let the bark heal itself or use the black sealer you used to put on trees?

Tim S
by Tim S
  7 answers
  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) on Apr 06, 2012
    how deep/large is the damage?
  • Tim S Tim S on Apr 06, 2012
    About 4 feet long and it some spots 1/4 inch deep.
  • Plumber26 Plumber26 on Apr 06, 2012
    i have a good many crepe myrtles in my yard and have came to the conclusion that they're pretty much indestructable
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Apr 07, 2012
    You should let the tree heal itself. Black sealers actually inhibit a tree's healing.
  • Eden W Eden W on Apr 07, 2012
    I concur with the above comments. Crepes are fast healing plants. This is coming to the growth season for crepes anyway. It will heal itself.
  • Southern Trillium LLC Southern Trillium LLC on Apr 07, 2012
    Douglas and Eden are correct. While at a recent continuing education seminar, I heard a UGA professor discussing the tree coatings in further detail. To summarize, although the coating covers the wound initially to try and keep disease and insects from entering the wound, over time it becomes a coating that allows water to get behind it. And when water and moisture collect behind the coating, you develop rot. Once the rot starts, it can finish off a tree, as it will migrate deeper into the tree. Therefore, there is no need to paint any coating on the wound . Let the tree try and heal itself.
  • Juliet W Juliet W on Apr 07, 2012
    Let it heal itself, sealer will do no good