broken branch - Knowledgebase Question

Thornwood, Ne
Question by bennie35gray
March 16, 2010
I live in southern NY. During our recent big snow (19 inches) the front part of my beautiful 25 year old broke almost all the way to the ground. We are tying it back in hopes that it will graft itself (we had done that successfully before on a much smaller koosa branch). Should I spray that with anything? We desperately want to save this tree.


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Answer from NGA
March 16, 2010

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Let's hope the snow is over for the season! Since you've pushed the branch back into place, about the only thing you can do is to make sure it is securely attached. There's nothing more you can or should do. If you put a wound dressing on it, the dressing will just inhibit the tree's ability to heal itself. Just make sure the broken parts are firmly together - drill through and use a lag bolt or two, just to make sure. The bolts won't do any more damage to the already damaged limb and with any luck the tree will knit together. I hope so!

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