Duct tape on a damaged tree

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by michickenwrangler, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    We had our wood pellets delivered today and as the pellet truck was backing up, DH told the driver "Don't hit the chicken run or the old lady'll be ticked." So, in his effort to spare my biddies, he clonked into a 200 yr old northern white cedar tree and tore a big gash down to the sapwood.

    I know the tree will recover but has anyone tried duct-taping a tree? (yes, we watch the Red Green Show--we ARE close to Canada, eh?) or is there something we should spray on it to hasten healing?

  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    There is a black, paint on wound sealant for trees- and I can't remember the specific name right now! [​IMG] But any plant nursery should carry it.

    It will seal it against bugs and disease. Duct tape will allow moisture to seep underneath, which will allow growth of fungus and mold. Both of those can eventually kill the tree.

    Hey, points for DH warning about the chickens, and for the driver- he missed the run! [​IMG]
  3. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    As I told both of them, "I'd rather you knick the tree than the hens. The tree will heal, my dead chickens won't."
  4. maplesky7

    maplesky7 Flock Mistress

    Jun 14, 2008
    N. IL.
    yup... the paint for tree wounds
  5. AkTomboy

    AkTomboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2009
    DJ, Alaska
    The hubbys family has a big landscape business down south he said they use normal black spray paint its cheaper and does the trick. Hope its helps
  6. Eggs4Sale

    Eggs4Sale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2009
    So Michigan doesn't have those fancy do-hickeys called rear view mirrors? [​IMG]
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I had to look at this thread just to see if the OP was in Arkansas. Round here people only find it necessary to keep two things in their emergency household repair kit.
    Duct tape - in case it moves and it shouldn't.
    WD 40 - in case it should move and doesn't.

    I'll bet if I drive around a mile or so I could find some trees with duct tape on them. Right below the deer stands. [​IMG]
  8. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
    Yep I have used duct tape on a tree branch... left it in situ on that branch for over a year..... it worked a treat..... perhaps you could paint and then duct tape to give the branch added strength.

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