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Old 03-09-2008, 08:38 PM   #1
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i just bought a house and had to take down 2 huge branches that were leaning over my house. is there something i should do to the the tree were i cut the branches of to like seal it up or something. will bugs get into the tree if i dont seal it up.

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Although oaks are susceptible to insect damage, a properly pruned tree should heal on its own - without the aid of a pruning sealer. Sealing can actually retard the tree's natural healing process. It wouldn't be the end of the world if you sealed the wounds... but if the branches were properly trimmed it isn't necessary.
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Although oaks are susceptible to insect damage, a properly pruned tree should heal on its own - without the aid of a pruning sealer. Sealing can actually retard the tree's natural healing process. It wouldn't be the end of the world if you sealed the wounds... but if the branches were properly trimmed it isn't necessary.
Does this go for Maples also?
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Does this go for Maples also?
Ayuh,.....

Pretty much Any tree.....
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Ayuh,.....

Pretty much Any tree.....

LOL, I figured as much, but the OP asked specifically about Maples and someone replied in reference to Oaks so I just wanted to make sure!
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lol... I don't know where I got oaks from...
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Old 03-16-2008, 12:13 AM   #8
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Just cut the branch neatly as close to the trunk as you can, and nature will take care of the rest. Having to seal branch cuts is one of those old wives tales, like the old belief that white washing the bottom four or five feet of the tree trunk will prevent the tree from getting caterpillars in it.

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