[nafex] Repair grafting question

victoria l. caron vicaron at gis.net
Thu Nov 29 07:15:56 EST 2001


Hi Tom, just catching up . . . I had damage from a lawnmower (grrr!) where there were only strips torn and frayed, 4-5 vertical inches. It looked
pretty much like that paper cutting art, connected here & there. It was early summer. I straightened out the mess which went pretty much all around,
pieced it all back and wound it tightly with surveyor's tape, stretching as I went. Within a month it was all callused over and now, over a year
later, you can't tell.
vic..... Zone 3 NH

Tom Olenio wrote:

> Hello,
>
> I was just thinking about the damage I had to repair last
> spring done by rabbits girdling trees and I had a thought.
>
> I have seen branches used for bridging girdling damage, but
> I wonder if bark strips, taken from the same tree, when the
> bark is slipping, would not be easier to work with.
>
> Imagine you have a 4-5" diameter tree that has been girdled
> at the base.  If you lifted bark strips 1/2" wide and as
> long as necessary to bridge the damage, would it work, and
> be easier than working with arcing branches across the gap?
> Also, would it heal faster as you are not introducing any
> foriegn plant material?
>
> I have drawn a simple diagram;
>
>      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nafex/files/STRIP.jpg
>
> Lift 4 strips from around the tree above the damage and seal
> the wounds, then trim and fit bark strips to bridge the gap.
>
> Has anyone tried this?  You would would not have to fight
> the tension created by arching branches, as bark strips
> would lay flat to the trunk.
>
> Just daydreaming of spring damage which is inevitable.
>
> Later,
> Tom
>
> --
> Thomas Olenio
> Ontario, Canada
> Hardiness Zone 6a
>
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>
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