bark peeled off young oak

poaky1June 1, 2014

I should've known better, but, I got careless. My Compton's oak needed some pruning. It is about 6 ft tall, it still has baby bark, thin as a piece of tape. I didn't make the undercut first, before the top cut, which stops bark from being ripped off the trunk under the pruning cut. The branch being removed was about a 1/2 an inch in diameter. I thought I didn't need to make the undercut. So I have about 4 inches of baby bark ripped off the Compton's oak. The tan moist innerds (for lack of a better discription) are now unprotected. I tend to think it will be fine, no need for tar wound protector, but, if some sap sucking insect will take advantage of my oak I want to stop it. I can post pics if needed, but hope my discription is enough. I've had deer do as much in the past, not to this tree though. The ripped bark is only about an inch wide, but about 5 inches in a verticle strip.

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poaky1

If the cambium is the moist tan part, it is intact, the 2 layers thin as paper, were ripped down. I hope the tree will be fine.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 3:00AM
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Linda

Tar is no longer favored for tree wounds. They are best left to heal over on their own. I think your tree will be fine.

Linda

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 3:05AM
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poaky1

Thanks, I was hoping that it was only cosmetic.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2014 at 7:43PM
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famartin(z5 NE NV)

Pictures tell a thousand words.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 3:27AM
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poaky1

I need to take pics then.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 2:19AM
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poaky1

I have a pic now Here's the whole tree It isn't that bad I guess.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 4:46PM
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nurseryman33(4/5)

Just cut off that loose piece of bark at the bottom of the wound and it should heal over fine.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 8:45PM
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poaky1

I figured it wasn't a big deal, I just hate having that happen.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 11:53PM
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poaky1

I have ordered 6 more Compton's oaks. I have several Live oak "late drops" that will likely croak in winter 2014-2015, unless it is a really mild winter. I figured getting them ordered and planted ASAP is best. I have ordered 2 Cherrybark oak trees also, to be delivered in fall 2014 maybe late summer 2014.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 5:18AM
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