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Maple trees bleeding
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bill in TN    Posted 12-29-2002 at 09:31:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I thought that with the cold temps, now would be a good time to trim some low limbs on the maples so they wouldn't hit me in the face next spring when I mow....cut them a couple of weeks ago....noticed yesterday, the sap was dripping fairly hard out of the wounds....cut some that were 3 inches around or more...kinda worried about them....any suggestions?

treeman    Posted 12-30-2002 at 20:24:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't worry about the sap run. It'll slow down and stop. Do NOT paint the wound with anything, as this simply inhibits the trees natural healing process. When trimming, be sure to leave the Collar at the base of the branch. This aids in the timely healing.
Yer Pal,
The treeman

bill b va    Posted 12-29-2002 at 16:48:17       [Reply]  [No Email]

i am going to report all of you to al gore

Ruh Roh!    Posted 12-29-2002 at 17:24:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Reminds me of a Russian Haiku I heard...

Our Dog was run over,
He suffered greatly,
But now we eat...

All a matter of perspective, I guess...

Ron/PA    Posted 12-29-2002 at 10:40:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bill, Here in Pa. I'm getting ready to start gathering sap next month. As Salmoneye said it probably won't hurt them a bit, but it wouldn't hurt to paint them when they are good and dry,
there is a commercial product called "Treekote" that works fairly well but again I usually do the old paint thing.
I'm not surprised that you are seeing the run begin in TN already, we've had alot of tree damage this year from Ice and heavy snow, and we are seeing it this week.
Good luck

Les...Another thing    Posted 12-29-2002 at 10:51:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't think painting with Tree Kote or any other material does any good. Dr. Shigo would agree with me, I think. I used some of that stuff some years ago in my apple grafting and I was not impressed. Well, not favorably, anyway.

Ron/PA Yeah Right,,,,,    Posted 12-29-2002 at 11:39:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've never really seen any advantage to painting, I've just never known if it was wrong. I'm gonna look into your site and take notes from the dr. (I gotta take notes in a conversation)
Thanx Les

Les...Hey Ron    Posted 12-29-2002 at 15:48:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I did a search on MSN. Link is below. Dr. Shigo is a very prolific author. He's written dozens of books. He fancies himself quite the philosopher. My wife babysat his daughter back before we were married (35 or so years ago). I have a few of his books. He's quite a character. Very passionate about his subject. He lives in Barrington, NH which is down near the seacoast and UNH where I first met him.

Walt    Posted 12-30-2002 at 10:21:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just because he has written a book does not automatically make him an authority.


Les...fortunate    Posted 12-29-2002 at 10:33:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bill, that's sap and you probably haven't hurt your trees at all. Maples like to "run" when the weather produces freezing nights and warm days. Here in New England, that usually is in March, maybe April, when we make our maple syrup.
Salmoneye knows what he's talking about. However, trees actually don't "heal". What they do is more accurately called "sealing" rather than "healing". If you want to find out more on the subject, I suggest you do an internet search for Dr. Alex Shigo who is probably the world's foremost authority on the subject of trees.
If you're interested in maples and maple syrup, I bet a search would turn up tons of possibilities.

Salmoneye    Posted 12-29-2002 at 10:00:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
While I feel the proper time to trim almost any tree from apples to your maples is in the 'dead' of winter...Long about end of January, first of February...I doubt that you have done any permanent damage...Keep an eye on them when they start to bud...Weeping should stop, and the healing should start about then...If not, wait for a day when they are as dry as they get, and then 'paint' them...There is a special latex made with antifungal stuff in it for covering wounds on trees...I just use whatever old latex paint I have laying around though...

Trees are amazing things...They tend to heal themselves very well if left alone...Sometimes they need a bit of help though...

Good Luck!

bill in TN    Posted 12-30-2002 at 22:21:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the about that maple syrup....I'm kind interested in much does one need to collect to make it worth their time?

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