bark splitting on 3 year old peach tree
One of my young peach trees is splitting open. I noticed it last year and it seems like the main trunk is affected and one upwards branch. The split is brown and very wide. Any suggestions on what to do?
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Splitting most commonly occurs in freezing weather. If the wound is not weeping or splitting further, then you should just leave it alone to heal on its own. If the split is widening, you can try protective paper (sold at nurseries) to help hold it together while it heals. Do not cover the wound with tar or any other permanent substance as this can trap disease in the wound.