How can I cover a damaged spot on a tree trunk?


Can I use mosaic tiles? What adhesive to use

  11 answers
  • Dee Dee on Mar 01, 2020

    If the tree bark is coming off, just go get some tree paint or use an enamel paint on the area. It will seal the boo boo.

    • Nelda Nelda on Mar 01, 2020

      Oh yes. The wound is quite deep, but seems to be forming a callous. It is just ugly. Thanks for your help.

  • Deb K Deb K on Mar 01, 2020

    Hi Nelda, is it because it is ugly, or due to worry over the damage killing the tree? Hope this helps you out,

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Mar 01, 2020

    I would not put mosaic tiles on it, it may kill the tree. Here is an idea to help you out

    • Nelda Nelda on Mar 01, 2020

      Thanks for your help. Very informative information.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Mar 01, 2020

    I wouldn't use anything but paint.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 01, 2020

    Hello there,

    You could always make a notice or picture etc. on board and screw that into the tree to protect the area and cover the damage.........Or maybe call in a Tree Expert!

    Best wishes.

  • Em Em on Mar 01, 2020

    Research indicates that wound dressings (materials such as tar or paint) do not prevent decay and may even interfere with wound closure. Wound dressings can have the following detrimental effects:

    Prevent drying and encourage fungal growth

    Interfere with formation of wound wood or callus tissue

    Inhibit compartmentalization

    Possibly serve as a food source for pathogens

    For these reasons, applying wound dressings is not recommended. Trees, like many organisms, have their own mechanisms to deter the spread of decay organisms, insects and disease.Tree wounds often appear ragged where the bark is torn during the injury. This is common during branch breakage and when the trunk of the tree has been scraped. To repair this type of damage, cut off any ragged bark edges with a sharp knife. Take care not to remove any healthy bark and expose more live tissue than necessary. If possible, the wound should be shaped like an elongated oval, with the long axis running vertically along the trunk or limb. All bark around the wound should be tight.

  • Tom Stuart Tom Stuart on Mar 01, 2020

    There was a time when people recommended using a sealer over tree scars but that is old information. All you should do is take a sharp knife and trim off any rough places where insects could nest. The natural healing process will take of it.

    if you find the scar unsightly you can plant something in front of it, but not touching.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Mar 01, 2020

    Usually they tar it

  • I wouldn't put anything on there, mosaic tile nor paint. I'd call an arborist or someone well-versed in trees (try reaching out to your local garden center) and have them come take a look.

  • If it really bothers you, call in an arborist. Embrace the imperfections of nature and the fact that the tree did not die and have to be removed. Paint, tar and other outdated methods will do more harm than good. Here is some info you might find helpful.

    Don't feel like you must "control" the wound, chances are, you might be the only one that is bothered by it.

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Mar 31, 2020

    I would take photos and send to an arborist who could tell you how to care for it