Crab apple bark

Asked May 25, 2018, 6:08 PM EDT

Our new puppy has chewed off a big strip of bark. Should we cover it with tree tape?

Garfield County Colorado

1 Response

Thank you for your question!

I am sorry to hear that your puppy damaged the bark of your tree.

The extent and location of the damage will indicate how the tree will do at this point. Are you able to send in pictures? Was it on the main trunk of the tree, or a branch?

After the damage has occurred, there is not much you can do, just take good care of the tree, and hope it survives. The current recommended is NOT to wrap, cover, or paint tree injuries, as this increases the possibility of insects and disease. Trees are fairly efficient at compartmentalizing damage and healing on their own (depending on the extent of damage).

Hope that helps!