[NAFEX] Mulberry emergency surgery
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Tue Oct 2 13:51:29 EDT 2007
I've used the carriage bolt method on trees with good success. If you
use a stainless steel bolt and nut, and leave some extra length, you
can unscrew the nut a few turns every year or so and prevent it from
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On Oct 2, 2007, at 10:43 AM, rob hamilton wrote:
Your tree might be to small for this, but this brings up the time my
Loquat tree split in half from the weight of a big ice storm we had
about 4 years ago.
Some people from this list told be to bore hole through the middle of
the tree trunk and put a large carriage bolt through it with some
washers of each end and finish it with a nut to hold the trunk gather.
I put some tape across the wound to keep the water out and braced the
branches with a some cargo tie.
I thought this was crazy, but the tree is healing quite nicely. The
wood is growing around the the bolt, washers and the nut. A few more
years, it will be covered. I need to make sure to mark it just in case
I need attack it with a chain saw.
That crotch might always be a little weaker that the rest, but I read
you can aways take some branches that are growing toward each other and
twist them together. In time they will become one and may be a natural
I have been thinking of this last method as a way of insuring rows of
bushes from crown borer attacks. If a bushes crown gets girdled the
bush can be nourished from the neighboring bushes, till it re-roots.
Just a theory..
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