[NAFEX] bark damage

Dennis Norton dmnorton at royaloakfarmorchard.com
Mon Dec 5 19:04:38 EST 2005

I thought you may find this article by Alan Biggs useful: 
http://www.caf.wvu.edu/kearneysville/biggs/articles/Arbor90JA.PDF  It is 
rather technical, but has some great information.

I use a pruning sealer for all bark injuries as well as pruning cuts to 
prevent the entrance of any disease.   Lac Balsam, also known as artificial 
bark, is the world's finest tree wound treatment. It was developed and 
patented by horticulturists in Europe for use in grafting as well as tree 
wound sealant. It provides protection against insect and disease organisms 
that are attracted to open wounds. It comes with a brush which makes 
application fast and easy.  So if you do grafting, this would be my 
recommendation.  It can be found at http://treerx.com.  If you do no 
grafting, then I would recommend NuBark at 
or Tanglefoot at http://www.biconet.com/tree/pruning.html.  Hope this helps.

Dennis Norton
Royal Oak Farm Orchard

----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Paul Cabe
  To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
  Sent: Monday, December 05, 2005 8:24 AM
  Subject: [NAFEX] bark damage

  I have bark damage on some young trees (apple and landscaping) done 
presumably by a buck rubbing his antlers.  None of the trees were completely 
girdled, but some lost lots of bark.  Should I be applying any specific tree 
dressings etc. to protect and save these trees (which were doing well 

  thanks for your suggestions
  Paul, in the Great Shenandoah Valley of Virginia

  Paul R. Cabe, PhD
  Associate Professor of Biology
  Washington and Lee University
  Lexington, VA 24450
  (540)458-8012 (fax) 
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