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.
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  • Catherine Smith Catherine Smith on Jan 01, 2014
    How very interesting. Please do share more, this type of thing is fascinating. It appears you did not use any type of sealer on the open cut area. I understand from a MG seminar that is the latest and greatest way to deal with this type of issue.

  • Big 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.

    • Catherine Smith Catherine Smith on Jan 02, 2014
      @Tizer Botanic Gardens & Arboretum If this is directed at me, perhaps you misunderstood what I was saying. I happen to agree with this gentleman about not sealing wounds. And considering using tree wound sealers has been the suggested way of dealing with this type of issue for many, many years. It's not surprising manufacturing and the public has not caught up with the latest suggestions. Guess that's one of the reasons we become Master Gardeners? So we can educated the public?