Apple Trees
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tree bark repair

Zone 45891 | Anonymous added on March 18, 2018 | Answered

Sirs: We planted three apple trees last fall. they are about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter right now. Over the winter some rabbits have chewed the bark all the way around each tree. Is there anyway to save these trees? Thanks Roger

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on March 20, 2018

This depends on the amount of damage on the trunk. If 50 percent or more of the trunk is damaged, the tree may become girdled and die.

Less then 50 percent damage, you can try some good old TLC.
Mulch the ground with 3 to 4 inches of hardwood organic mulch. Keep it at least 6 inches away from the base of the tree.
Provide moisture if rainfall is sparse.
Protect the tree from future damage by using hardware cloth to make a barrier around the tree.

Here are some links with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/mulch/best-mulch-for-garden.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/rabbit-damage-to-trees.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/apples/apple-tree-planting.htm

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