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Question: A few years ago I tied a sagging branch on a large tree using a rope around the trunk. Now I notice the tree is growing over the rope. Is this bad? Should I remove the rope even though it is now partially embedded into the trunk? I'm not sure what typeof tree it is, but it's about 30 feet high and looks like a pine.

Answer: On large trees, such nuisances are usually ignored by the tree. But if you're concerned about the look, I suggest removing the rope surgically with a good knife. Clean it out completely and trim the wound of all fibers and frayed bark or tissue. Allow it to heal itself -- no covering of any kind is necessary.

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