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Old June 13th, 2012, 01:29 PM   #1
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Default Painting after Trimming trees

A company came in a cut a way a lot of the lower branches of the maple in my yard. I asked them if they were/should paint the tree where the branches were removed and they said no. I was under the impression that you were supposed to paint the cut to protect the tree from rotting, getting diseases ect. What say you GL4x4? What do you do?
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Old June 13th, 2012, 01:36 PM   #2
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I have never done that.
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Old June 13th, 2012, 01:42 PM   #3
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I have never done that.
What she said.

I might be worried if it were a tree like a box elder which is basically a big weed and refuses to die or be trimmed neatly, but I have never bothered on any of my maples or oaks.
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Old June 13th, 2012, 01:49 PM   #4
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ive only seen it done a few times. we never use to do it when i worked for a tree company several years ago
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Old June 13th, 2012, 01:51 PM   #5
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What she said.

I might be worried if it were a tree like a box elder which is basically a big weed and refuses to die or be trimmed neatly, but I have never bothered on any of my maples or oaks.
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Old June 13th, 2012, 01:56 PM   #6
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everything i've read on this topic over the last several years sez no, don't paint or seal the wound.

my wife is a master gardener and she was taught to not treat the wound. the only deal i hear about here is the time of year the trimming takes place.

i never saw an orchard manager paint wounds on apple, cherry, etc trees after they are pruned. can you imagine the work that would entail in an orchard?

finally, mother nature does NOT paint tree wounds when a limb breaks off. if it's good enough for mother nature, it's good enough for me.
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Old June 13th, 2012, 02:04 PM   #7
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No, you don't paint. The goal is for the tree to heal over the cut. Paint or tar will hold in moisture and can cause the non-living heart wood to rot quicker. The living tissue (cambium) will grow over the cut quicker when dry and untreated.
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No, you don't paint. The goal is for the tree to heal over the cut. Paint or tar will hold in moisture and can cause the non-living heart wood to rot quicker. The living tissue (cambium) will grow over the cut quicker when dry and untreated.
Sounds Legit, I'd go with this one.
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I think people probably paint the cut to make it blend in with the trunk.....I have never painted trimmed branches and have never had a problem.
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No, you don't paint. The goal is for the tree to heal over the cut. Paint or tar will hold in moisture and can cause the non-living heart wood to rot quicker. The living tissue (cambium) will grow over the cut quicker when dry and untreated.
Yeah right, like you know what you're talking about.
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I've got a couple large Maple and Oak trees that have been struck by lightning and I have had 3 different local tree services look at them. All of them say do not paint over a wound or trimmed limb. The tree needs to heal itself. Never trim an Oak tree when the leaves are green.
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No, you don't paint. The goal is for the tree to heal over the cut. Paint or tar will hold in moisture and can cause the non-living heart wood to rot quicker. The living tissue (cambium) will grow over the cut quicker when dry and untreated.
Pfftt.. You obviously have no idea what you're talking about.


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My dad painted one in are front yard with "tree paint" 2 years later the tree was completely rotted out.
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Old June 13th, 2012, 08:55 PM   #14
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There's just no for sure answer, Take it down!!
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do not paint.
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Old June 13th, 2012, 09:35 PM   #16
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Never trim an Oak tree when the leaves are green.
How come?
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I believe that is when an Oak is most susceptible to disease.
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