Had to remove a large bed of tree's bushes and shrubs due to building an extension to the rear of the property and while moving the Acer tree the sling slipped removing the bark from the tree stem
photos showing the tree before and the damage
is there anything that can be done to protect this area and hopefully save the tree ?
If the cambium layer is not damaged all the way around (ring barked) then the tree should still be able to transport water and nutrients. Acer seems to be very delicate though and it may suffer die back.
I don't think painting or strapping the wound does any good so it's probably just a case of wait and see.
Not sure that's much help, Mick, sorry.
thanks for your help anyway John
i will check when i get to the job this morning if the bark is damaged all the way round, I don think it is but I will double check first
I know Acer's are very delicate and that's why I was asking for advice, we had dug all the way round with a 600mm bucket before even trying to lift the tree complete with root ball to move to a temporary position to be replanted once the work is completed
I did exactly the same to a bay tree in my own garden, and it hasn't recovered well over two seasons now. It only started growing over the last couple of weeks, having looked pretty sad so far this year; I'm guessing that the third or so of the bark that was damaged caused a lot of stress to the tree, on top of it being moved at the wrong time of the year (it was in August!).
If the damaged bark came off in one piece it's possible to graft it back on, if not I'd definitely not cover the wound, but would clean it up to remove loose bits and rough edges. Mulch it well, water it well and keep your fingers crossed!
Bad luck Mick!
I'd carefully pare away the torn bark at the lower part of the wound to try to prevent water sitting in it. Probably a nothing but I'd try it anyway! I'd also water copiously. Acers hate being moved when they're in leaf so keeping it hydrated is essential. On a positive note they are actually quite tough when they want to be.
I agree with the others Mick .
Acers do hate being moved and this specimen looks well established so keep an open mind on die-back or it surviving at all. Keeping the wound open to air and light will ensure a strong callous grows around the damaged area.
It might not be practical but I'd also consider shading the tree with a thin horticulture fleece as it recuperates to deflect the sun from the leaves (unless you've planted it in a shady area of course).
What arrangement do you have with your client about responsibility in respect of survival of the transplants?
Dave Sewell's advice I'd agree with - have had to deal with similar, but is not work you can guarantee. Using a very fine sharp 'scalpel' blade remove the loose bark. Strap a bicycle inner tube or similar at bottom of the wound - but only temporarily until you are sure the tree is to survive one way or another - don't prune, don't feed and don't move until winter time. Best of luck
thank you Pip
some good advice Mick, sometimes letting nature heal it the best way , less is more.
make sure its planted well deep in compost. id try a bit of Ericaceous compost : the pink bag in homebase ;)
well worth £5