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100yr old ash tree struck by car
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Bob    Posted 01-29-2003 at 09:21:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have an ash tree in my front yard was struck by a car in june lost the bark 1/2 way around and 4 ft up the tree is their some way I can help to hopefully save it?

Lynch in E.TX    Posted 01-30-2003 at 03:03:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
As long as the tree wasn't ringed (lost bark all the way around) it should be fine. A close friend's over 100 yr. old Black Walnut tree in Oregon was hit by lightning 3 or 4 years ago and is doing fine with a crack (seperated about 6 inches) in the bark from about 50 feet up all the way to the ground...they should have sold it when they had the chance...might still be able would take four grown men to stretch their arms around it....they got offered $250,000 for it over 20 years ago(from a gun stock company). Lynch

Patria / PR    Posted 01-29-2003 at 19:31:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Had a similar problem with a huge ficus when hurricane George hit ground here. It lost big portions of the bark. Did some research because I didn't want to get rid of the tree. Somebody adviced to check for loose bark and remove it from around the hole frequently to keep it from softening and slough off, and to expose live tissue to sun and air. It's also recomended to spray the area with a fungicide. We don't have cold weather problems but exesive moisture and extreme cold tempetures could further damage the tree. You should check for wrappings, which is in a matter of speaking, a blanket. We use a very light one made of thinly shredded mix of bark and oasis foam. It should be take off when the danger of frost is over, or in our case, heavy rains.

It would be a good idea, like somebody said to check with your agricultural deparment.

Kat in NJ    Posted 01-29-2003 at 13:17:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bob, you may want to call your county extension service and speak with either a horticulturist or an arborist. Alot of times, you'll see a tree with a big bare spot along the trunk where the bark has healed. As long as the tree is not completely girdled by the wound and part of the cambium layer of bark is intact, the tree potentially can survive. The problem is keeping the wound from getting infected. Someone in extension should be able to evaluate the situation for you. Good luck!

Kat in NJ

Jim(MO)    Posted 01-29-2003 at 13:44:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with that. If the tree is still structurally sound the biggest problem would probably come from insect damage.

Les...fortunate    Posted 01-29-2003 at 11:54:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Why is it that every tree that gets damaged is always 100 years old? I speak from years of experience.

Cindi    Posted 01-29-2003 at 10:33:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
There is some type of wound repair you can do, check with a landscaper, or better yet, check around the net.

Salmoneye    Posted 01-29-2003 at 09:38:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I tell ya for what it is worth...

I have a nice maple, maybe 60 years old or so, behind the house...Branched into two trunks at about 10 foot above the ground...During the ice storm of 98, we heard the loudest crash of the storm...One of the trunks came down and split the remainder of the trunk to within a few feet of the ground...In the spring I cut off the part that fell, and hoped for the best...One nasty open wound about 6 foot long...Figured the rest of the tree would be gone within a year...Well...That tree is not only still standing, but has started to grow out and around the huge wound...This is a tree that was never tapped, but before the storm would have easily handled 2 taps without harm...I will tap it this year, but only one tap for the life of this tree I think...

My point is I guess...Leave your Ash alone...And hope for the best...Trees are amazing things...

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