Young oak tree support removal & another question

mdameronFebruary 9, 2013

I have two oaks in my front yard and am wondering when the supports for them can be removed. I hate the look of the supports but it won't kill me to let them stay longer if they need it. They are 2 months short of 2 years old.

The link below goes to a picture of each of the 2 trees, along with 3 pictures of some bark damage to one of the trees that occurred last year during the windiest storm of the year. I was wondering if it is anything to worry about or if there is anything I should do about it.


Here is a link that might be useful: Skydrive Album

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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

The supports should have been removed a year ago, even IF they were ever really needed in the first place.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 11:39AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

the slack lines indicate it is doing nothing ...

it was a large transplant.. and it was done to insure it remained upright ... and after 2 years.. it should be all set ...

the wounds at your pix are healing.. i would ignore them ... though i wight flake off some of the bark toward the interior of the wound.. to insure there are not bugs in there ... do NOT further injure the callousing .... if that is the right term ...

its getting near time.. to raise that canopy a bit ... so peeps on the sidewalk can walk by w/o injury ... i dont know about the timing of such for your oak.. in your area ...


    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 8:55AM
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Thanks for the post. I'm not sure why I didn't get an email, but I'm glad I decided to check to see if anyone commented on the injury of the oak.

I removed the supports and will just leave the wound alone. As far as raising the canopy, where can I find out when the appropriate time is? And is it just a matter of cutting off anything lower than 6' or so? It would be nice to be able to mow around them easier.

Good riddance to the supports!

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 4:30PM
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