Tree Problems

Tree Wound

SSwenson added on June 18, 2016 | Answered

A bobcat took a 2' piece of bark off my Douglas fir, such that it is bleeding. Reading the articles, it says painting can do more damage, but I am worried that the bleeding will attract more bugs and well there are two branches that need to be cut down. I am worried that there is too much stress on this tree already. Your advice, please.

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Answered on June 18, 2016

Trim the broken branches from the tree.
If the wound has jagged edges you can clean them up with a sharp knife.
Clean edges will heal easier.

Then leave the tree to heal itself. Watch for any signs of pests.
If you see signs that the would is attracting pests, spray it with Neem Oil. Neem Oil works as both an insecticide and fungicide.

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