The Q&A Archives: Oak Tree With A Chunk Of Bark At The Base Cut Out

Question: Our oak tree in the back yard was inadvertantly knicked by a weed wacker. A 4" x 5" or so portion of the bark at the base of the tree is hanging by a thread. How detrimental is this to the tree and should we take any special care with it because of this?

Answer: This is potentially a serious injury especially on a young tree with a small trunk. The bark damage provides an invitation for pests and diseases. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about it after the fact except to keep the tree growing vigorously and hope it can repair itself quickly. That is why is is so important to protect tree trunks from damage.

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