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  1. #1
    Acorn
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    "Bandaging" my trees

    I'm wondering if anyone is familiar with "cohesive flexible bandages"? It is a product used in veterinary and/or sports medicine and is exactly what it sounds like, flexible, sticks to itself and is slightly elastic. I ask because I used it to repair a broken branch on a newly planted Catalpa tree which was damaged by the wind. It seemed very effective but I dont know if it will hurt the tree. Any advice is welcome, JP.

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    Oak
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    RE: "Bandaging" my trees

    Was the branch broken off completely or just part of the way?

    If it's only a small break in the living layer just below the bark, and the bandage breathes well (ie. holds things together but doesn't smother everything underneath), it *may* help.

    If the branch is broken clear off, or closely so, or if the bandage doesn't allow air to circulate, you'll probably be better off pruning the branch.

    I would expect pruning to be the safest choice all-around.
    Cheers,
    Everett

    Green Man Enviroscaping LLC
    www.greenmanenvy.com

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    Acorn
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    RE: "Bandaging" my trees

    It looked like the bark was only split open, the branch was bent back but I dont believe the woody portion was severed. If all goes well, how long should I leave my "bandage " on?? JP.

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    Oak
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    RE: "Bandaging" my trees

    The least amount of time possible - I still think you'd be better off pruning the branch.
    Cheers,
    Everett

    Green Man Enviroscaping LLC
    www.greenmanenvy.com

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