Although damaged bark can negatively affect the health of a tree, it doesn’t have to mean the end of the tree. Bark protects a tree from diseases and pests, and when it’s damaged, it can affect the underlying phloem layer, which transports water and nutrients throughout the tree. If the damage is minimal, you might just be able to heal the tree by reattaching the bark.
Things You’ll Need
Burlap cloth, sturdy strap or duct tape
Assess how much of the tree’s circumference is damaged. If the wound takes up less than 25 percent of the tree’s diameter, continue to care for the tree properly because it probably will heal itself. If the damaged area takes up 25 to 50 percent of the tree’s circumference, patch the wound.
Find the fallen or broken off bark on the ground near the tree. If the piece or pieces are fairly intact, place them over the wound on the tree in the same direction they previously grew. The process is like putting back the pieces of a puzzle.
Wrap a burlap cloth or sturdy strap over the loose pieces of bark and around the tree trunk, securely holding the pieces in place. Alternatively, wrap duct tape around the trunk to hold the pieces in place.
Remove the burlap cloth, sturdy strap or duct tape after about three months. At that time, the wound should be healed and the pieces of bark reattached to the tree.
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