[NAFEX] Bark Damage

Heron Breen breen at fedcoseeds.com
Mon Dec 5 22:39:19 EST 2005

The "maine" issue is what to do about the deer who dealt the blows. Fences are 
expensive compared to freezer meat. Young buck are repeat offenders, overzealously 
staking claim to a tiny area with little reproductive results. Older bucks visit 
more spots, and seem to consider one good thrashing good to go for a while. 

If you have any branch damage, stub cut near the area broken and leave until spring 
pruning to to the return best cut. This will reduce winter breakage while not 
expecting the tree to heal in a season it does not naturally heal well in. Return 
cut to the branch collar. Branches torn out of or stripped down the side of their 
sockets are bad news. Don't paint anything wounded, borers are not an issue until 
spring or early summer, at least here in Maine. If you wanted to paint something, 
maybe paint the unwounded bark on the southwest side with white diluted latex. Due 
to sugars/water being sucked out of wounded area during compartmentalization, you 
may see growth next year, or you may not. Depends on lots of factors.
Severe bark injury can actually kill/damage roots as a consequence of sugar transit 
being interupted. Injured roots cause sunscald by disrupting vascular reaction to 
winter sun/cold. Injuries on the southwest side are the more prone to expansion or 
added cracks/splits/peeling. 
Trees come through many serious injuries with flying colors,
Heron Breen
zone 4,

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