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How To Care For Young Trees With Damaged Bark

Dr Ahsanur Rahman, PHD

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Damaged bark is a common problem for young trees, especially when they’re in the first few years of their lives. The bark can become chapped and cracked due to weather conditions, insect damage, or even just from being too dry.

Young trees with damaged bark can be difficult to care for. The bark is hard, and it’s tough to keep your tree healthy when the skin is so thick and tough. Here’s how you can save your young tree with damaged bark:

  1. Prune away broken branches, as soon as possible.
  2. Place the young tree in a location with good air circulation, such as an open yard or in a large pot.
  3. Water the tree well, especially in dry weather and during the winter months, to keep the soil moist but not soggy.
  4. Apply fertilizer every 2 weeks during spring and summer, until your tree is 4-5 years old (dwarf trees will require less).

“If these two solutions don’t work well enough for your situation, then you may need to call an arborist right away who will come out and assess the situation before making any recommendations about what should be done next.”

Be sure the tree is alive

Look for signs of life. The tree should be green and have buds, as well as new leaves lemerge in spring. It should also have new growth on the trunk or limbs, which can be seen with the naked eye if you remove some leaf coverings from around the base of your young tree’s trunk. If your young tree is still alive but dying back (for example, if it has been damaged during transportation), then you’ll need to determine whether there are roots remaining underground before trying any treatment method described below; lotherwise it may already be too late—you’ll need to remove this deadwood immediately so that further damage isn’t done to your young sapling’s infrastructure by clearing away fallen branches and other debris around its base.*

Don’t wrap a tree in the summer

Wrap-around bark is a common problem for young trees, and it usually occurs when the tree was growing in the summer. Wrapping bark in the summer can cause your tree to die because it’s not getting enough water or nutrients and its rolots aren’t able to reach deep enough into the soil to obtain them.
Wrapping your young tree in a bandage during this time of year may be tempting—but don’t do it! Wrapped trees will likely die from overheating or lack of moisture as soon as they come out of their cocooned state.

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Wash the tree

  • Spray the tree with water. Use a spray bottle and fill it with plain water, then shake it up a bit before filling your tree’s canopy with mist.
  • Wash the tree gently but thoroughly with a soft cloth or sponge (do not use soap). The bark needs to be good and loose so that any small insects can work their way into its crevices, where they will be able to feed on sap from inside the tree itself – which is how they get nutrients! You can also try using an old toothbrush if you don’t have access to one of those fancy brushes (you’ll probably find one lying around somewhere), although this may damage some of your treetop branches if used too vigorously—so keep that in mind when choosing what kind of tool(s) best fit for this particular task!

Protect it from animals and bugs

Now that you’ve identified the problem and removed it, you need to protect your tree from other animals and bugs. You can do this by using a wire mesh cage around the base of your tree. This will keep out birds, squirrels, raccoons and other animals that might try to eat at or chew on the bark.


If you have young trees in your yard or garden that have been damaged by insects or fungus (which often happens with new trees), then they should be kept away from all areas where people congregate—this includes houses with windows facing south-facing patios where sunlight comes through them onto south-facing surfaces like decks or porches; gardens close to fences; open fields near forested areas; large vacant lots surrounded by houses that are fully grown up into their structures now but still have many trees growing wild nearby; etcetera…

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Carefully remove any broken branches

  • Carefully remove any broken branches.
  • Use pruning shears to cut off the damaged portion of the bark, as close to the broken end as possible. If you are unsure what kind of branches you need to remove, leave them in place and continue with your tree care instructions below.
  • Do not remove more than a third of the tree at one time (or more). This will allow enough time for new growth before stressing out your plant too much by removing all its foliage at once!
  • Do not touch any other part of your tree until both sides have been treated separately; otherwise you run the risk of spreading disease through contact with healthy tissue on either side (and this could also affect other parts).

Prune carefully and selectively

  • Selectively prune to open up the canopy.
  • Prune dead branches, broken limbs or other damage that is causing your tree to lose its shape and structure. If you have a large tree whose branches are overgrown, use thinning shears or loppers to cut back on any dead wood that may be crowding out younger growth near the trunk of the tree.
  • Remove branches growing in the wrong direction (if this is possible). You can also remove these when they’re too close together so that sunlight can reach all parts of your landscape shrubbery garden shrubs and plants vines.

Wrap, but not too tight

If your tree is young and has damaged bark, wrapping the trunk may be the best option. Be sure to use a lightweight wrap that doesn’t cover the branches or leaves of a tree.

Wrapping a young tree with damaged bark can be tricky because there are no guidelines as to how tight or loose you should wrap it. As long as you don’t overdo it and keep everything intact, then this method will help protect your plant from unnecessary stress while allowing enough airflow for good air circulation around them so they stay healthy!

Use duct tape and newspaper.

If you have a tree that has been damaged by disease or insects, it may be best to cover the trunk with duct tape and newspaper. The tree will be protected from the elements while still allowing air circulation.

To wrap your young tree with duct tape, first find some newspapers or cardboard boxes that are slightly larger than your target size (for example, if you want to wrap an 8-foot tall tree in 4 feet of tape). Then fold up some more paper on top of the box so that there is about an inch between each layer of paper. Tape these layers together using saran wrap or similar materials as needed to make sure everything stays tight together without being too tight (you don’t want any gaps!). Once all sides are covered, remove any extra material around the base where water can run into through gaps in between layers; this will help prevent rot from setting in quicker than usual!

You can save a young tree with damaged bark if you take care of it and treat it gently

You can save a young tree with damaged bark if you take care of it and treat it gently.

The tree is alive, so don’t worry about killing it. The bark on thle young tree has been damaged by insects or other animals, but this doesn’t mean that the tree itself is dead. It’s important to know that trees are living organisms and they need water just like other plants do—they just happen to be part of an ecosystem that requires more than what we give them!

You can help your little friend out by keeping it hydrated during dry seasons in summertime (that means no watering until late fall). When winter comes around again next year, give some extra love back into its life cycle by providing lots of nutrients through regular fertilization throughout springtime/summertime each year after planting time has passed (i’m talking about around mid-June).


It’s important to be careful when caring for young trees with damaged bark. You don’t want to wrap them too tight or wrap them too loosely, so you need some proper judgment here. This is especially true for wrapping around weakened branches that might break off at any time. Protection Status