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Old 04-28-2013, 11:23 PM   #16
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Ive read that if the tree trunk is more than 1/3 debarked like this, the tree most likely will die, that's a huge injury to the vital bark, it's akin to having your leg amputated in a way, I have a large tree that in an ice storm a large limb tore off, stripping the bark down about 8 feet, and a wide strip, it appears to be healing and the tree appears to be recouperating. The damage is just about 1/3rd of the circumference of the trunk, but it's a mature tree and it's probably right on the borderline of go/no go, your trees might be fine, just make sure they don't suffer ANY more damage of any kind, that includes pests, bugs, insects, leaf eaters etc.

I don't know but I would assume you would want to forego any trimming, pruining etc on these for a few years, any additional injury or insults to them won't be good, you'll probably want to be sure they get plenty of water if possible too.

As far as repairing/sealing it, I guess I'm of the mind that trees have been around a lot longer than we have, gone thru fires, floods, hail, ice, snow damage and animals and they still survive, out in the forest a tree would be damaged like this and there's no one around to repair it but nature, keep the trunk protected as suggested, but let nature fix itself if it can.

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If the tree bark damage goes from 25% to 50%, the tree will suffer some damage but most likely will survive. Damage will appear in the form of lost leaves and dead branches. Wounds of this size need to be treated as soon as possible and should be watched carefully.

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