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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Mystery substance for protecting trees with cuts in the bark.



Worked on the garden yesterday.  The squash and tomatoes are coming along great.  The peppers are doing ok. The only thing not really taking off is the watermelon, and that's an experiment anyway.

Today is supposed to be up around 100 again.  We aren't planning on going anywhere. Yesterday was the day to go into town. We ran by the post office and Home Depot, but it was a short trip. Really too hot to do much of anything.

There is a kind of black tar looking stuff that my dad used to put on his fruit trees when he pruned them. Does anyone know what it's called?  I need some for a poplar tree that has a bad cut in the bark, but I can't seem to get the Home Depot people to understand what I need. It would help if I knew the right name.


Thought for the day.




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  1. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Spectracide-13-oz-Ready-to-Use-Pruning-Seal-Aerosol-Spray-HG-69000-4/100352315?cm_mmc=Shopping%7cTHD%7cG%7c0%7cG-BASE-PLA-D28O-OutdoorGarden%7c&gclid=CLmNl72FvM0CFdgOgQodN6oOMA&gclsrc=aw.ds

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    1. I can use that to explain to the Home Depot people what I need. Thanks. Hope all is going well on your end.

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  2. I wish I could help, but I have no idea. I bet someone will know though!
    I always plant watermelon every year, but I have only had one year where it did well. I don't know why, but that and eggplant are the two things I consistently struggle to get to grow. This year the watermelon (I planted two types) never even came up. But everything else I planted is up and (so far) doing well. We've been eating lots of root veggies and kale and lettuce. In a few weeks we should start getting some tomatoes, squash, and beans.

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    1. The watermelon, like virtually everything to do with gardening we are currently pursuing, is an experiment. I don't think they grow well here, and I know they are brought in from Central Georgia for sale at the farmers market. Looks like our is not going to produce but it was worth a try. We didn't do any beans this time, mostly squash, tomatoes, and peppers.

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  3. Maybe this stuff?

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Spectracide-13-oz-Ready-to-Use-Pruning-Seal-Aerosol-Spray-HG-69000-4/100352315

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    1. Dr. Jim, that looks like it will work. What my dad had may have just been plain old tar, as it was back in the mid sixties when I remember him doing that. I am not sure our Home Depot has that ready to use stuff. What they usually do, when they don't have something I need, is they tell me to go to the customer service desk and order it. When I get to the customer service desk they tell me they can't order it.

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  4. My grandpa used plain old roofing tar. Worked for him.

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    1. On reflection, I think that must have been what my dad used. This was in the mid 1960's, before Home Depot and Lowes.

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  5. http://homeguides.sfgate.com/seal-cut-limb-tree-49076.html Is a link I found. Dad used a homemade mix but I've forgotten what it was. Hubby just wondered if melting wax might seal it long enough...just a thought.

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    1. Gail, thanks for the link, I will check it. What I have is a big, big poplar tree. Probably forty feet tall.It's important because it shades the whole shop/apartment building. It has grown too large, and is cutting into the stone parking pad wall. The tree bark is being cut by the wall. I can't afford to lose the tree and this is all I can come up with.

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  6. Harry, I use a can of pruning sealer with the brand name Bonide. Comes in an aerosol can, some come with a brush. I only use it on the large trees.

    I would really like to spray some of the stuff on Ms. Lynch, and throw in a few feathers for good measure. But i'm sure i'd be branded a racist. --Troy

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    1. Troy, I went to the Farmers Depot here after Home Depot came up with a goose egg. They recommended something that sounded like that, but said they didn't carry it. Once upon a time, they were a real farmers depot and you could get medicine, everything you needed there. Now it sells little dog houses for pufta dogs from Florida and plastic rakes.

      You know that post I did with the young German girl telling what life was like in Germany with all the Muslim roaches running around there? I got a bunch of comments calling her a "racist" for the video, and me a "racist" for posting it. If those pinheads define a racist as someone who doesn't bend over so someone else can kick their ass, then I'm a racist. And proud of it.

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  7. I recall it was tar - or roofing tar.

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    1. I think what my father used in the mid sixties may have been tar. It would be logical as I doubt these other products would have been around back then.

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  8. Here is one link to pruning seal on Home Depot's web site.
    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Spectracide-13-oz-Ready-to-Use-Pruning-Seal-Aerosol-Spray-HG-69000-4/100352315. And here is a link on amazon to the heavier tar like sealer.
    https://www.amazon.com/Bonide-225-16-Ounce-Pruning-Sealer/dp/B000BZ1JKY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466622268&sr=8-1&keywords=pruning+tar. You may want to do your own research but today many arborists argue that you should not use any kind of sealant on pruning wounds. Insisting to let the tree heal itself.
    http://www.tiptoparborists.com/20-tree-care-tree-service-myths/. Hope this helps.

    Fred G

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    1. Fred, I've got this huge poplar that shades my shop/apartment building. It has been growing into the parking pad stone wall, and the bark is cut pretty badly. I am afraid the tree will die and this is the only thing I could come up with in my experience to try to save it. If you have any other thoughts I would welcome them, as I am out of my area of expertise here and really need to save the tree.

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    2. Harry, my experience in almost 73 trips around the sun is that I have never known pruning seal to hurt a tree either. I would probably opt for the heavier stuff like the bonide-225 sealer from Amazon for the extensive cut you describe. Just think the heavier tar like sealer would be better for a wound like you describe. Also need to do something to modify the stone wall so it does not continue to damage the tree.

      Fred G

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    3. Just order the stuff from Amazon and if you are a Prime member it will be free shipped into your mailbox within 2-3 days

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    4. I try not to buy anything from Amazon if I can help it because they have chosen to participate in social engineering on behalf of the"black lives matter" gang. But I can still find the stuff on line.

      I am going to have to take out that part of the wall. The tree is functional and the wall is largely ornamental.

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  9. You are probably thinking of Pine Tar. Home depot does not have it but places like Tractor Supply would as it is used on horse's hooves.
    http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/bickmore-pine-tar-16-fl-oz

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    1. Michael, we have a tractor dealership in the next county. It's about a 45 minute ride for me but it's one more thing I can try. I need to get this tree back on the road to health. If it dies, the sun will roast my shop/barn.

      Thanks for the idea.

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  10. Just plain latex paint works well to seal cuts and scratches in bark. Use a brush. Lay it on thick

    Old days they used tar.

    If you get the spray sealer in a can it should work well too.

    If it is a deep gouge, I have used latex caulk to seal the edges and keep the wound from dying out.

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  11. B,

    The bark on the tree is split half way around. About 180 degrees of the bark has been cut by growing into the parking pad retaining wall over the years. I will try to get some pictures of it.

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  12. Harry,

    I agree, it's just to darn hot to go out and do anything.
    As for watermelon, I haven't planted mine yet. I will plant them the end of this month.

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