Poor Maple

Feb. 9th, 2010 11:54 am
blueeowyn: (Bleak)
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We have a Japanese Maple in our front yard and the recent big snow did some damange. Javasaurus took a couple of pictures and they are behind the cut. I am seeking advice from LJ. It is really cold so there shouldn't be too much sap (or bugs) and we hope that will help.

One of the larger branches has been ripped off the trunk (still attached by the proverbial string but I'm not expecting it to survive the storm coming today). There is another branch that is damaged but not torn off.

So, what can we do to help the tree survive the insult? We know that the one branch is toast (unsure about the second branch but after today's snow it may be gone as well) but worry about the scar and how to protect the tree. It is a lovely tree and we would love to keep it healthy and happy.

Ideas? Suggestions? Questions? This is public so feel free to point others to it who might have experience in this area.



Poor Maple Poor Maple

The poor tree in its entirely (well, what is visible above the snow).
Poor Maple Poor Maple

Close-up of the damage.

Date: 2010-02-09 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] acroyear70.livejournal.com
we got our juniper bushes to reshape themselves after the 2003 storm by using thick cable-ties (the half-inch wide, 2 foot long ones, trimming the ends after tightening).

Date: 2010-02-09 07:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blueeowyn.livejournal.com
We know the one branch is gone, we are worried about the stress to the tree and any infection/infestation/dehydration/etc. that could seriously damage the tree. It is a pretty big hole for a fairly small tree.

Date: 2010-02-09 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queenmaggie.livejournal.com
Remove the branch with shears, don't strip off more bark.
It should heal itself. Lately I've been reading in horticulture that they don't think that branch stumps ,should be sealed with paint or anything: it actually inhibits the regrowth.

Date: 2010-02-09 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queenmaggie.livejournal.com
Also, if there is to be more snow, surround it with stakes, and wrap it in burlap. Make sure that it gets fed in the spring.

Date: 2010-02-09 11:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wilhelmina-d.livejournal.com
What she said. I asked Himself and that was pretty much exactly what he suggested.

Date: 2010-02-10 12:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fizzygeek.livejournal.com
I will third what [livejournal.com profile] queenmaggie said. She's right on the money!

Date: 2010-02-10 12:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blueeowyn.livejournal.com
What do you feed it? Where does the burlap go (and how urgent is it)? What do the stakes do? Since it is snowing again, we don't have much time.

Date: 2010-02-10 05:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sparowe
Sounds like you've gotten some good advice, but I'll run it past Rip in the morning.

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