bark peeled off young oak
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.