[nafex] Repair grafting question

Ginda Fisher ginda at concentric.net
Mon Nov 19 20:09:37 EST 2001

I tried this once.  It may have been too late, or our technique may not
have been very good, but the tree died.

(It was a tiny tree, and the grafting bark may have come from another
tree - I don't recall.)

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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