paint helps wounds heal
In my time, I have made a hundred thousand pruning cuts. Never have I used tree paint, and never will. Trees suffer broken limbs all the time. Nature has subtle ways of self-healing and excluding wound disease. A layer of paint works against nature and provides a barrier behind which fungal rots thrive. Painting wounds with sealant will do no good and may do harm.
No tree paint here, even on the birdbox!
Observe the torn branches inflicted when farmers flail their hedges, or when shrubs in retail car parks are ‘pruned’. No tree paint there (except in the shop!). Such mutilation does not look lovely but trees and shrubs always recover.
Two years on,
Use of tree paint goes firmly into the bin: for clean cuts, bad cuts, gashes, slashes and animal damage, let nature do the work.
The world of arboriculture has acknowledged this truth for years. Some practitioners admit they use tree paint, but only when the customer insists! Those confident of their craft, refuse. The tree-lopper who knocks on your door will probably use tree paint. It’s like having a sign on his head saying, “I’m a cowboy”.
There will always be special pleading that paint is needed in one’s own specific case. I cannot put my hand on my heart and say that in this big wide world this is never so, but it will be extremely rare.
A surprising footnote
My above remarks are about paint that seals. Other chemicals and biological agents applied to wounds are sometimes worthwhile. The nodiggardener confesses to having rubbed soil on wounds, but that’s another story.
|A major cut - one year on|