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Strom broke off a large limb from mail trunk

Discussion in 'Homeowner Helper Forum' started by HarleyMan, Jun 8, 2018.

  1. HarleyMan

    HarleyMan New Member

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    Several years ago a large limb broke off main trunk, tree appears to be in healthy condition but hole left where limb was growing out of main trunk has not completely closed, should I plug hole with cement or any other type of sealer it has been 5-6 years and I am concerned having a 10 inch dia./4inch deep hole exposed to insects, weather, etc.
     
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    Lol cement I ask you does cement grow on trees? In response to the large tear and not closing , there is not much that can be done other than keeping the tree in a healthy growing environment. Pruning sealer at the time of injury may possibly slowed decay fungi but can introduce phytotoxins , ultimately you will have decay there. It is not necessarily a death sentence. 5-6 years tree you say appears healthy sometimes the best action is in-action especially in the cement dept "just saying":thisthreadisworthlesswithoutpictures:
     
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    By now the tree has estabilished its CODIT walls and begun to heal over the wound with reaction wood. Keep the tree healthy, remove stressors like drought and you're doing all there is to do.
     
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    I don't know what "CODIT" walls are, but I have notice cavity getting a little smaller in diameter but not closing completely. Like you mention in post, I'll just keep would clean and keep ground around base of tree moist in hot dry weather.
     
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    Ok so you don't get the wrong idea Trees consume 100s of gallons per day in hot dry weather though normal transpiration and respiration. Merely moistening the ground wont work, if you water it , water it deep but do not flood every few days in droughts only. Trees acclimate to their conditions rather well and seldom need our help but in prolonged droughts they can benefit from deep infrequent watering! You can help conserve available water with a good mulch like wood chips just don't let it touch the bark. http://www.treesaregood.org/portals/0/docs/treecare/ProperMulching.pdf
     
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    Thank you for your help, I Now know a couple of things I have been doing in the past I have been doing wrong, one is about deep watering during drought and the other has been my loading mulch around base of tree even touching the bark, I did it for the appearance and also to keep ground moist.
     
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    Well if you watered deep in prolonged drought you did it correct. Deep watering infrequent is better than shallow frequent watering!
     

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