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Preservation of an older, large tree #775300

Asked October 13, 2021, 6:04 PM EDT

I have cut off a large limb (at least 12 inches in diameter) from an older tree, and I want to know how to treat this large open wound.

Cuyahoga County Ohio

Expert Response

Hi Stanley,

    Sometimes we care about our plants so much we want to help them but it turns out the best thing is to let them take care of it themselves.  I remember being told in my master gardener classes that trees seal their own wounds.  Nonetheless I looked it up to be sure.  This link explains it well.

https://extension.unh.edu/blog/2019/07/should-i-cover-large-pruning-wounds-tree-wound-dressing

Many blessings,

Diana

Diana RowLee Replied October 13, 2021, 7:34 PM EDT

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