Damaged Bark - Knowledgebase Question

Liberty Township, Oh
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Question by chrisaspen
February 8, 2011
I have a Japanese Maple whose bark was damaged when I removed a dead limb. A strip of bark about 4

Answer from NGA
February 8, 2011
Your maple will heal over the damaged area in time so there's nothing you need to do at this point. I guess you learned the hard way that you should always undercut a branch before removing it. An undercut is simply a shallow cut (through the bark) on the underside of the branch you intend to remove. An undercut will stop the bark from being damaged when the branch is cut all the way through. Best wishes with your tree!

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