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Rescuing a Crabapple Tree

Posted by jas4141 Zone 5 (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 23, 13 at 8:43

The bark on the main trunk of my perfect purple crabapple tree has been rubbed raw in several places by deer. What are the chances of it surviving? Should I wrap it with something or just leave it bare? Right now, I've added a couple of those white loose plastic guards found at many nurseries. Would appreciate any advice because I don't want to lose it.


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RE: Rescuing a Crabapple Tree

Impossible to tell if it will survive with info provided. Pix are needed. No need for wound paint or wrapping, but protecting against further damage is OK.


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RE: Rescuing a Crabapple Tree

need pix ...

it will heal itself.. presuming there is enough intact bark for water/nutrient transfers up and down the tree ... i cant recall the percentage off hand ...

but what might be OK out back.. you might not enjoy out the front door.. and that is always a variable that is important in regard to the impression you make out the front door ...

pix please .....

ken


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RE: Rescuing a Crabapple Tree

Tree damage photos.....

Here is a link that might be useful: Crabapple Tree Damage


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RE: Rescuing a Crabapple Tree

If fortune makes the weather nice for the next several years and no more deer damage, I'll guess it has a 47% chance of survival.


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RE: Rescuing a Crabapple Tree

The danger comes when the bark is removed entirely from the trunk circumference or girdled. The removal of vertical strips is not much of a concern other than visual :-) You might want to think about gently crimping a length of chicken wire around the vulnerable trunks when the bucks are out rubbing their antlers. It works great as a protective barrier yet still allows the tree to breath and moisture not accumulate.


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RE: Rescuing a Crabapple Tree

Thanks for the input. I'm optimistic. No sign of leaf buds yet which worries me some but may just be too early. Chicken wire a good idea, gardengal I added the white shields after the fact because I just noticed the damage a few weeks ago.


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RE: Rescuing a Crabapple Tree

Dittos on the rusty old chicken wire (or heavier stuff). They won't come near it. Even if you just have the wire on one season, they may never come back.


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