Hello, I have a 30-40 foot maple tree on a steep, clay-soil hillside that has...

Asked June 23, 2015, 3:06 PM EDT

Hello, I have a 30-40 foot maple tree on a steep, clay-soil hillside that has a large vertical crack creeping up from the ground, and I'm looking for advice on how to repair it and save the tree. I can easily see daylight through the crack near the ground, and it narrows the higher it goes. Is there something an amateur can do? Insert a filler and/or wrap the trunk in some sort of bandage? Thanks for any help

Hamilton County Ohio

2 Responses

There is nothing you can do to "heal" the wound. It does sound like you may have a serious safety issue with the stability of the tree. I would suggest that you contact an ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) certified arborist (someone who is trained to identify and treat tree problems) to access the tree's health. The following link is for a fact sheet on "Why Hire an Arborist?" - https://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/FNR/FNR-FAQ-13-W.pdf . The following website can help you find an ISA certified arborist in your area: http://www.isa-arbor.com/findanarborist/arboristsearch.aspx .

Thank you,

Thanks very much for responding, Julie. Not the answer I was hoping to hear, but I appreciate the information.