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ammoaddict

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It's one of my shade trees. I didn't know if it would heal and grow new limbs or if it would get diseased and die. It's 19 or 20 years old.

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Thanks, is there any way to help prevent rot?

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Try google some say latex paint
Pruning sealer is not recommended by some good resources anymore

Carefully clean up any jagged edges of the bark on the tree so the wound can heal and form repair wood
Think of it like a surgeon cut compared to ripping off a hang nail

How long ago did this happen ?
 
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Try google some say latex paint
Pruning sealer is not recommended by some good resources anymore

Carefully clean up any jagged edges of the bark on the tree so the wound can heal and form repair wood
Think of it like a surgeon cut compared to ripping off a hang nail

How long ago did this happen ?
It happened 2 days ago.

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Thanks, is there any way to help prevent rot?

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My normal reply to that question is this:
If I could prevent that from rotting I could prevent your deck and your fence from rotting without having to use high temperature, high pressure and nasty chemicals. (Which would kill a living tree). If I could accomplish that you could not afford me...
 

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The tree's natural response to wounding is triggered by exposure to oxygen. If you seal that off now on the living tissue, you will slow the trees natural response. If you feel you must cover it with something wait at least several months to do that.

I would remove the tree. But if you insist on keeping it I would just leave it open and clean up the wound like @Woodanhor described
 
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The tree's natural response to wounding is triggered by exposure to oxygen. If you seal that off now on the living tissue, you will slow the trees natural response. If you feel you must cover it with something wait at least several months to do that.

I would remove the tree. But if you insist on keeping it I would just leave it open and clean up the wound like @Woodanhor described
Thanks.

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I would give it a chance, it had included bark on the tight crotch which had already healed halfway down the break. As previous comments mention, clean up the jagged bits and let nationsure take its course, good luck!
 

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Bradford Pear trees are like the guy says they are weak in the crotch when the main trunk starts forks like that one. You have another fork in that tree and it will eventually split also. You cannot trust that tree for safety reasons.

If you take it out. Also any sucker sprouts that come up from Bradford tree roots will have thorns which is not a good thing. You can use a herbicide to kill the roots to prevent the suckers from coming up from the roots.

I've experienced the results of having Bradford pears trees around.

I place them in the same category as like
Being married to a real pretty woman that has a headache all time.
They are only good to look at.
 
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Nice picture of included bark and ram's horns.
Unless Im looking at the pictures wrong, it doesnt look like much of a safety hazard to me. It's pretty short (I call anything under 50' short) and out in middle of the lawn, so there aren't any targets.
I would take it out because it has become aesthetically ugly (to me), but if you want to keep it, I would prune it to take some of the weight out of the branch tips.
 

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As Wetcoast said, does not looks like a danger.
That said, one like that when I was a kid. Pop sawed off even and coated with (gasp, choke, etc) tar.
Survived 30+ years.
Pop also tarred the entire 10 foot tall, 15" wide half of the trunk of a sugar maple that split right down the middle in a storm. That puppy lasted 50 more years.
Concrete truck took a chunk of bark off a DFir 55 years ago while we were building our house, tarred it over. All healed over now and tar still visible on outside of bark.

Note: kinda a jibe here to get tar comments..... :dizzy:
 
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The woman we bought our place from had two of those things planted out front. I work out of state most times and we were never around during the spring. I wanted them gone and the wife always said one day we will be here for the bloom so leave them. So last spring we were here for the bloom...
bees were going crazy in the red buds and the flies were going crazy in the Bradfords. My wife could not figure out where the dead animal/fish gut smell was coming from. She figured it out pretty quick when I told her to go smell one of the blooms. Her words, cut these f*****g things down and get this s**t out of my yard! I laughed for days over that. I planted persimmon trees in there place. Should have planted peaches I think. I understand if it’s your major shade in one part of the yard but I would get rid of it and get something that isn’t so prone to breaking at the crotch and doesn’t smell worse than a rotten one during the spring.
 
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