apple tree w/ bored hole - Knowledgebase Question

hillsboro, Or
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Question by gardening1234
June 30, 2010
I have a very old/large apple tree in our yard--it's fairly healthy, but something (probably a sapsucker) dug out a horizontal-ish hole where there had been a limb cut off years ago. the area had been sort of corky soft--so access was easy. the hole is about 6-8 inched deep and fairly dry inside--no one living in there. Should we seal it, treat it, what? I don't want to lose this tree!

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
Ordinarily I wouldn't recommend using any kind of wound dressing on an injury in a tree but since the area is already compromised you'll want to discourage the sap sucker from further exploration. I'd use a small amount of wound dressing in the fresh hole so no insects decide to make it their home. Best wishes with your tree.

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