[NAFEX] bark damage

lee reich lreich at hvc.rr.com
Mon Dec 5 19:51:43 EST 2005

That was a very interesting article you cited. I only had time to  
look at it briefly, but what I got from the article is that pretty  
much anything that you put on the wound will interfere or at least  
not promote healing, with the possible exception of calcium. This is  
in line with recommendations of the past few decades -- to leave  
wounds exposed for best healing. This would not, of course apply to  
grafts, which need to be covered so that the scions, as yet  
unattached to the rootstocks, do not dry out.

Lee Reich, PhD

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On Dec 5, 2005, at 7:04 PM, Dennis Norton wrote:

> Paul,
> 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 http:// 
> www.saferbrand.com/store/product.asp? 
> pf_id=2700&dept_id=71&mscssid=1 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 otherwise).
> 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
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