tree wounds

Tree wounds can have a detrimental effect on the health and longevity of your tree. This is especially true if you don't know how to detect and prevent tree wounds. Most tree wounds result from impacts to the tree, including scrapes, cuts, and abrasions. Generally, these impacts are caused by people or animals. Other causes of wounds include insect attacks, weather events, and fires.

Detecting Tree Wounds

Tree wounds usually present as:

  • Detached or dead branches
  • Decayed wood or cavities
  • Cut or covered roots
  • Multiple branches growing from one point on the tree's trunk
  • Splits or cracks in the trunk
  • Mushrooms or carpenter ants at the tree's base (a sign of internal decay)

What Happens When a Tree Is Wounded?

When a tree sustains a wound, it typically involves the bark on the tree, exposing and damaging the tree's conducting tissues used for taking in food and water. It also allows infiltration by organisms like bacteria and fungi, and insects that can cause the wood to decay. This decay often leads to structural weakening of the tree's stems, resulting in a reduced lifespan and having the tree removed.

A tree has two potential responses to wounds. The tree may compartmentalize the wound by sealing it, forming a callus-like covering over the wound. An alternative response is creating a barrier zone, which involves the tree setting physical and chemical boundaries around the cells affected by the injury, confining the damage from spreading. A lot remains unknown about barrier zone formation.

Preventing Tree Wounds

When it comes to three wounds, prevention is critical. One of the most vital wound-prevention methods is choosing the suitable trees for your space, placing them, and planting them correctly. Make sure your landscape has the room to accommodate both the crown and the roots of the tree when it reaches its full size. Mulching around the tree can help deter animal and insect activity. Proper pruning of the tree is recommended.

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