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Q.can i apply vaseline around the trunk of a cherry tree

Zone 8 | papa added on July 23, 2012 | Answered

I heard recently I could apply vaseline around the base of a shepard’s hook to keep ants out a hummingbird feeder and was wanting to do the same with a small cherry tree. I want to be sure it won’t hurt the tree. I know the bark delivers nutrients to the the tree. Can this affect the process? Any input would be appreciated. Thanks, papa 🙂

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Answered on July 23, 2012

Vaseline is a petroleum product. As far as I know this will kill the tree. L may be wrong, but better safe than dead tree. Check for commercial products which will do the same or use wrapping paper specific to trees.

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