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Old 07-21-2011, 03:33 PM   #1
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I have a couple of plum trees that were planted about 2 years ago that I noticed have some trunk damage after this winter. We had a long winter in Reno, NV this year.

I initially thought it might be bug damage, maybe rabbit or something too, or just damage from the cold weather?

Here is a couple pictures of the trunks. The trees did ok this spring, flowered a bit less than i would have expected, but now have approriate leaves.

Is there anything I should do to the trunks to help repair them? Prevent it from happening again?






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I am absolutely not an arborist, but it looks like that damage is all close to the ground - where a small animal could have caused it. Is it also up higher on the trunk?

A lot of people put a piece of corrugated plastic pipe around the bottom of the tree to protect it:


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I am absolutely not an arborist, but it looks like that damage is all close to the ground - where a small animal could have caused it. Is it also up higher on the trunk?

A lot of people put a piece of corrugated plastic pipe around the bottom of the tree to protect it:


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I do believe you are correct
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Grew up in orchard country and I think, given your climate, you got some bark vulnerability from the weather and something chewing away at what was exposed.

I would think about protecting that trunk as shown but might also consider a spray to keep insects out until there is some healing. You might call the University of Nevada ag extension, if anybody answers the phone, for recommendations.

Years ago when I practiced landscape design the battle about whether to seal open wounds and pruning cuts was starting. I do not know how that has ended up where you are but you might consider some tree tar on a wound like that? Do you have a real nursery near you can ask if no helpline is availed by the University or State?

Good news? Plums are usually very sturdy. I had a purple barked flowering one in the front yard of my home in Northern California. Weather and creatures would try to get it but it was tough.
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Looks like buck rutting -- only solution is venison.
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Looks like buck rutting -- only solution is venison.
I would wait for a deer a little bigger than a rabbit myself
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I'm with LHO. Deer rutting.
If it was chewed by small critter, this picture could not be explained.

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Here is a photo of a poor maple tree that gets revisited every year. We have tried the corrugated drain pipe. Look what he did three nights ago (this was not the perforated type). You should have heard all the terrible racket.
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You should try to trim off the loose bark and clean up the edges with a clean knife to deny bugs and such any place to hide. Remove as little intact bark as you can. There are trunk protectors made from fine mesh wire that would let air get at the wound which will help the tree harden off the damage.

It is a serious wound but plums are pretty tough. Make sure it gets enough water and spray for leaf pests if necessary. The tree will be stressed enough recovering from the wound, you want to keep all the other stressors in check.
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Isn't there a brush on tar-like substance you can get to help seal it up?

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Isn't there a brush on tar-like substance you can get to help seal it up?

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Pruning sealer doesn't help the tree harden off the wound, and the solvents may actually cause more damage to the cambium.

If the tree can heal it will.
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Pruning sealer doesn't help the tree harden off the wound, and the solvents may actually cause more damage to the cambium.

If the tree can heal it will.

very ture, the sealer is an old wives tale
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they are right you should do the same cover the damaged area by pipe or some thing and is still you tree looks a bit ill or getting week then you should any Landscaping service company.

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they are right you should do the same cover the damaged area by pipe or some thing and is still you tree looks a bit ill or getting week then you should any Landscaping service company.

Do you realize you are digging up posts that are YEARS old?

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Def the right thing to do. Anything to cover the bottom and protect it from small animals. Also a piece of chain link fence rapped around it will keep it safe too.

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