Save My 10-Year-Old Maple
We had a straight-line wind. My two 10-year-old Maples are split (cracked, but not broken) at the first Y. We have them strapped, hoping both sides of the Y will survive. I understand the tree can be bolted together with a long bolt. Is that true? Can I do that? The strap can't stay on forever. What are our alternatives?
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
You can try using a bolt split branch to the main trunk by installing long bolts through the trunk to pull the split back together and strengthen it. You can also install a cable through the branches above the split to prevent them from sagging and re-stressing the split. Any hardware you put in the tree will be eventually grown around and become a permanent part of the trunk.