Painting Fruit Tree Trunks #332418 - Ask Extension


Painting Fruit Tree Trunks #332418

Asked June 14, 2016, 5:03 PM EDT

Is it beneficial to paint the trunks of fruit trees?  I was told to dilute white paint (water base) with joint compound. 

Smith County Texas

Expert Response

Painting trunks is not necessary however painting with uncut white latex paint will reduce bark splitting or damage causes when the sun thaws the tree bark in the winter and it is followed by a rapid night time freeze. it might deter rodent feeding on the bark and trunk borers.
It might be most effective on younger trees.
Contact your local Cooperative Extension Office for information about growing fruit in your region. 
Michael Boice Replied June 27, 2016, 2:36 PM EDT

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