Avocado Trees

Avocado Tree Bark Damage

Anonymous added on August 10, 2011 | Answered

While supporting a heavy, leaning over young tree with a 2 x 4, the bark was scraped away, approximately 40% of the bark in a 5-inch long area. Can I use roofing tar to paste over the wound? Your web site says to let it air dry. Is that correct? I have always covered the torn bark with a tar like substance?

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Answered on August 11, 2011

Do not tar over the wound. This can trap bacteria and fungus in the wound, which will lead to rot. You should let it air dry.

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