Wound dressings on trees have been around for quite some time now. These are supposed to help the tree wounds after pruning to insure against insect and fungal invasion. However, that is not the case. A simple basic ingredient in any wound dressing is a petroleum based byproduct which is supposed to help the tree. But it damages the tree in ways we cannot even understand. Let us look at the myths and the realities behind this “Wound Dressing”.
The Myth vs. The Reality
Although we hear a lot of claims even with a simple internet reading about how these wound dressings are simple easy ways to aid in healing the pruning cuts and wounds, they are not true at all. The myth that these wound dressing helps the tree needs to be cleared. Some of the myths also include that these wound dressing insure your trees against decay and insects, they are the ultimate treatment for wounds and that the diseases will be repelled. Doesn’t that seem a bit over exaggerated?
The reality is quite the opposite. Tree wound dressing is a petroleum based product, not something you would want to use on a living tissue, right? They are supposed to help the tree but what they do is that they seal the moisture and decay inside the tree making it weaker inside out. It has also seen to be a food source for pathogens eventually cracking the tree and exposing it to the fed pathogens. Not only this but it also prevents the wood from forming, and it does not prevent the decay nor does it helps with the rotting problem.
What to do then?
So, now the question is what should you do? Clearly to get ahead of this myth that these wound dressings on trees are any good. And understand this simple concept that trees by nature have natural resistance to fight off insects and other diseases. Healing process of the wounds is by itself quite natural and helpful for the trees. We don’t need to pitch in products that will hinder this process. So, give it up and help other to understand this concept more. Consult your arborist before doing anything that will cause more harm than good.
Remember to winterize you garden this fall by call your local tree company and get any extended limbs and branches cut back to avoid any damage to your property and have a more stress free winter knowing your trees are taken care of for the ever increasing unpredictable winters.