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Broken Tree

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by eddybaby, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. eddybaby

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    Hello there everyone. Attached is a picture of a damaged tree. Its in our lovely, small park just around the corner. It's one of 400 trees given by the monarch via the woodland trust during her jubilee year in 2012. Is there anyway this branch can be saved? Not sure what caused the damage, either the wind, a dog lead or just an idiot :smile:. Thank you
     

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    Hmmm, that's pretty significant damage to the branch, eddybaby, and looks like, because of the extent, deliberate damage. If the park belongs to the Council and is regularly maintained then I think the Council Gardeners will cut the branch back to the trunk.:dunno::coffee:
     
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    • eddybaby

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      Hi Armandii our local council don't do anything at all apart from cutting the grass. :sad: Any planting & maintenance is done by a small band if willing volunteers.:thumbsup: In addition my 'other half' has made some planters which locals can 'own' and create their own displays with their own plants. People sometimes want to pay for these planters and we then fix a small plaque in memoriam for their loved one. Any surplus funds are then used to buy other things for the park. We also do something similar with the purchase of a new tree. Familes & friends can then come along and visit at any time. We've been told recently that some people prefer to do this rather than visiting a cemetery or crematorium which is less upsetting and because its local is more accessible. :smile::spinning:
       
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        I'd cut it back to good solid wood, the damage is not repairable.
        Good time to do it at the moment.

        It looks possibly like a Willow?
        If it is it will very quickly recover. :smile:
         
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        • eddybaby

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          Yes I think it is a willow
          :thankyou:
           
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          From experience. Sometimes a fractured limb/branch even the main stem/trunk, can be repaired, however I have to admit. It can be a hit or miss situation. I have found that much depends upon the time gap from the injury to the application of the first aid. Badly torn breaks are difficult, sometimes requiring some cutting away of torn wood. Much at the end of the day depends upon what value the tree has for you. Even going to the trouble of grafting can give results.
           
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          :gmorning:and :thankyou: I'll have another look at it and see what I can do.
           

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