what can I use to 'plug' this hole?

vieja_gw(z7NM)June 27, 2012

Some years ago a limb on an apple tree was cut off from wind damage & a hole remains the now healed over area where the limb was. I'm afraid water or ? will get into thoe hole & start some rotting of the tree. Is there some kind of 'clay', cement or similar I can plug this hole with? I realize the broken limb left a very unhealthy area where it once was!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Edymnion(7a)

Perhaps wood putty and some tree wound sealant after it cures?

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 11:20AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
johnmerr(11)

ordinary cement or mortar work quite well; paint over it with white latex paint if you like. Wood putty has solvents that can damage the tree.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 12:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Leave it be. A hole, even if filled with water, isn't a problem.

Anything you might do to "fix" it is old school and will enable rot.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 8:07PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
strobiculate

shigo. long weekend. fireplace. wine. read.

shigo performed his work from a standpoint of forestry, but the basic principles of plant response are the same. in short, don't.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 11:21PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
alan haigh

You don't have to join the Shigo cult to learn the basics of tree wound healing, although he was the whacky pioneer of our understanding of the process.

I prefer Richard Harris, who digests a wide range of research for the nourishment of his arboricultural vision. Shigo has only a taste for his own cooking and makes theological leaps that defy science, IMO. He is more entertaining than Harris though.

Cement in trees creates a future nightmare for the arborist. I've had to remove dead scaffolds of ancient trees where I have to use a pick to break out the mortar to save my chain saw.

As Strob indicates, current science says "leave wound alone".

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 5:35AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
marknmt

Is it better to leave the wound alone than to clean out rot and to drill holes to provide for drainage?

Thanks,

Mark

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 7:50PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Fuyu Persimmon
I purchased a fuyu last year from fast-growing-trees.com....
elizabethk1
What is happening to my Apple Tree? Fixes?
We purchased this tree and planted it a year ago. ...
Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b
Lime and lemon tree Houston area?
Best lime and lemon tree for Houston area? What are...
johnfam
Fungus on grapes from last season?
Near the end of last season my grape plants got a fungus...
frdnicholas
what are signs that a cleft graft has failed and how soon to know?
Also, when grafting onto rootstock, how high up do...
tlbean2004
Sponsored Products
Klus B5391 - ECO series Corner Mount Aluminum LED Profile Housing, TAN-C5
Super Bright LEDs
Home Decorators Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Home Decorators Collection Rugs
Home Depot
Triple Concealed Thermostatic Shower Valve with Diverter 3 Outlets
Hudson Reed
MaxLite RFR614ICAT30W 6 inch can LED Retrofit, 3000K
EnvironmentalLights.com
Cubitec Doors or Backs (Set of 2)
Design Within Reach
Laura Ashley Venetia Grey Reversible Cotton 3-piece Quilt Set
Overstock.com
Ortenzia LED Table Lamp
Lightology
Pure Rugs | St. Etienne Premium Cowhide Rug
YLiving.com
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™