Split Maple tree

Asked October 4, 2019, 2:27 PM EDT

We have a 30 yr old Maple tree that split about 5-6 feet above the ground during a recent storm. We really want to preserve the tree as long as possible. The split is 4-5 inches deep, at least 12 inches long. We had our tree trimmer cut out dead limbs and tied the upper sections together with bolts, cable with a come-along. It reduced the gap. I've not been able to get a response from our local County Extension. Is there anything I should pour in the crack to prevent bugs and/or diseases? Any advice is appreciated.

Calloway County Kentucky

1 Response

It sounds like you have done all that you can, you should not pour anything into the wound that will only inhibit any healing that may occur. I would assess the risk of it falling, is it near/leaning over your house or building, would anyone be injured if it fell, etc.