The following questioned arrived recently by email from Jeffrey:
"What is the strategy is for dealing with damaged trees… I have several that have lost major limbs, leaving enormous slashes of naked wood. Must I take down the entire tree, cover the wound, or just let it be? And how to deal with minor limb loss?"
My thinking is this: As for what to cut or not, it’s a tree-by-tree decision. You have to look at the remaining structure you have left to work with. I noticed that the Arbor Day Foundation has a checklist on this topic with some simple but helpful illustrations on when to step in or when to give up: http://www.arborday.org/media/stormrecovery/2_canthesetreesbesaved.cfm I always work quickly to remove any hangers that are dangerous to me, the house or fence, or that are likely to blow around and do more damage in the next storm. I clean up large debris as well from the lawn, etc., before more snow and ice covers it. But with whether a tree can grow out of the hit it took, again, read the piece in the link and holler if there are particular questions after that. You can also upload photos to the forums with specific situations you may want to show me. Margaret
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.