How to Repair Damaged Tree Bark

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How to Repair Damaged Tree Bark

A tree’s bark provides the tree with protection from a wide host of insects. When the bark is removed and the tissue underneath is exposed, the tree’s susceptibility to an infection is greatly increased. This can lead to premature death.

Humans usually cause common injuries to trees that affect a tree’s bark. Most commonly the bark is damaged when using equipment like tree trimmers or mowers. If you act quickly you can repair the damage, and within one year, you would not be able to tell that any damage had taken place at all.

These tree repair guidelines are for younger trees, unfortunately, there is not much that can be done if a car crashes into that lovely old tree on your front lawn and takes a huge chunk out of it.

Once the damage has taken place you must look for the damaged bark and secure it back onto the tree. Strapping or duct tape is good for this job, as it will hold up well in wet weather too.

All you have to do now is wait for three months. Keep checking during this period that the tape has held. If it slips off, then you must replace and secure it immediately. Once the three-month period is up remove the tape from the tree. It is very important to remove the tape completely as tape wrapped around a tree this way can actually damage the tree and kill it off.If you enjoyed reading this article, learn more on how to get rid of tree’s.

If there is no Bark to Put Back on the Tree …

tree barkIf there is no bark to put back onto the tree then the best way to get a good recovery and well-healed scar is to have the damaged area be as clean cut as possible. If the damaged part is torn and has edges hanging off then they will need to be removed with a blade or sharp knife. Cut the area into an eye shape, meaning thin at the top and bottom while wider in the middle. This will help the tree heal much quicker.

The main problem that occurs with damaged tree bark is insects that hide in the wound; this can cause infection to the tree. When the tree has healed well, and the scar is good and sealed insects will not be able to get into the wound and cause any damage.

Tree Sealing Products

There are a few tree healing products in the market that claim to repair the tree simply by spraying on what looks like black paint. We have yet to come across any real proof that this helps the tree to heal. It could in fact limit the trees natural ability to heal well and slow down the healing process. Hence it is better to stick to the natural method of allowing the tree to heal itself, as we know it works.

Be as Quick as you can

It is of the utmost importance that you get to the tree as soon as the damage has occurred for the best chance of it healing well and producing a good solid scar. This should keep out insects forever. If you have gardeners, make sure they inform you about any damage that they may create so you can act quickly and start the tree repair process as soon as possible.

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  1. tom jones said,

    on April 26th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I have a section of bark peeling off my beech tree i hate to lose it what can I do to repair it.

  2. RICK said,

    on April 25th, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I have a small apple tree that the bark has been eaten all the way around the base of the tree up about 6 inches. Is there any thing I can do to save the tree.

  3. John said,

    on April 24th, 2012 at 8:08 pm


    I have two maple trees with damage. My dog stripped the bark from the ground up to 4 feet up where the branches start all the way around the tree. The other is about 8 inches wide up the side of the other tree from ground up. Should I just cut them down or what. I don’t know how old they are. I’m guessing 7-10

  4. Jim said,

    on April 9th, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I have 12 Austrian pine trees that have been stripped over the winter of all bark from base to top. I suspect a porcupine since we have several inhabiting the area. How do I save the trees? Someone suggested spraying with a coat of shellac and then black spray paint. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks Jim

  5. jim said,

    on March 23rd, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I have a small maple that the bark is missing all the way around the base for a distance of 6 inchs, how can I patch this so I dont lose the tree. Thank you.

  6. Steve said,

    on February 14th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I wish I had put an end to my Border Collie jumping on a tree to get at the squirrels. Procrastination costs!

  7. jacob said,

    on January 26th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I have a young oak tree my dogs ate the bark all the way around it about two feet up not sure how long caught then chewing on it today should i pull up the tree are can i save it, it is about 3 or 4 in arond and about 9 feet tall

  8. Brad said,

    on November 25th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Horses ate the bark off a 15″ diameter maple tree this fall (after the tree went dormant for winter). They pretty much at the bark off the entire circumference, 4-5 feet from the ground up. Is there any treatment I could try to salvage this tree. Any advise would be appreciated.

  9. Lavanda said,

    on November 7th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Deer have been rubbing the bark off my 5-yr old maple tree. What do I put on the exposed areas ?

  10. John Barker said,

    on October 27th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Hi I have put a few older sheep into my paddock that were used to eating tree bark, they have now taught the younger ones. Is there something I can spry on to keep them off what I now have wrapped with plastic, the wire netting they still eat through. And what is best for the trees that the bark a´has already been eaten from. Thanks J

  11. lashon said,

    on October 4th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I have a 3 yr old Mimosa tree. The bark is stripped a foot up from the ground and about a foot all the way around the tree the work of a pygmy goat. I have sprayed a black seal on this tree. What are the chances of its surviving?

  12. Marlan Graham said,

    on September 13th, 2011 at 7:11 am

    I have a 7′ tall, 2″ dia. Black gum tree that got the bark skinned off when a load of lumber rolled against it. Bare stripe is about a foot long. This was about 4 days ago, and the bark is dried up. Is there a product or process I can do to save the tree? I am watering the tree regularly.

  13. jim said,

    on July 20th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Lots of problems…how do i see the fixes?

  14. j. dudeck said,

    on January 20th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I have a young apple tree, about 6 ft. tall, and 1 1/2 in. diam. trunk. Rabbits ate the bark all the way around about 1 ft. in length, about 2 in. up from the ground. Is there any way I can save the tree? This appears to have happened in the past couple of days.

  15. L Liberman said,

    on August 12th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Hello. I have a mature cherry tree (~15″ diam x 30′ hi) that until this year was prolific with cherry production. The bark on my side of the my property appears in tact while on my neighbor’s side the outer, horizontal layer of bark appears peeled back exposing large patches of the tree beneath the outer bark. My neighbor doesn’t like the tree and I suspect something was sprayed on the trunk to compromise the tree. What can I do to protect the bark/tree? I was planning to drape plastic on the tree facing the neighbor’s side (~1/3 of the tree trunk) holding it in place by wrapping cheesecloth around the plastic and the tree circumferance. I hate to lose the tree as it is a beauty and the cherries are good without spraying. Do you have any other suggestions to protect the tree? Should I fertilize the tree? Thank you very much for your help. Lois

  16. Sherry said,

    on May 17th, 2010 at 5:23 am

    I just purchased a Japanese Maple and a portion of the bark is missing. Is there anything I can cover it with to prevent the weather & bugs from killing it.

  17. said,

    on April 20th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Hi; I have an Elizabeth magnolia, that was stripped its bark completely around the tree about 40cm height.
    What should I do to repair this damage?
    Thank you for your help.

  18. Lou Casciano said,

    on March 1st, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I have a 5 year old ornamental cherry tree that a rabbit is eating off the bark. What can be done?

  19. pete's lawnmower said,

    on January 27th, 2010 at 9:51 am

    We have a young Oak 3/4″ accross apx 4′ tall. Rabits have chewed and stripped the bark all the way round 6-8″. how can we save this tree or is it not saveable?
    Thanks in advanced for the help.

  20. Agnes said,

    on July 14th, 2009 at 8:47 am

    I have a mountain ash that is being attacked by sap suckers. Is there anything I can do to deter this bird from removing the bark and having the sap run down the bark of the tree?will the tree eventually die?

  21. Tom Jarrett said,

    on June 22nd, 2009 at 7:29 am

    My dog has chewed off bark from our tree, how can I protect and save the tree?

  22. Marie Gasquet said,

    on June 14th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    My cat has scratched the bark on my new trees. They are about 5-6 years old. What can I do? Thanks

  23. Taylor said,

    on April 25th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    I have a hundred year old plus red oak tree in North Texas that was hit today by a truck. The 18 inch diameter limb that was hit had about a 24 inch by 6 inch piece of the bark knocked off. I have the bark and it is moist.
    What should I do to repair this damage. No apparent cracks – just scraped.


  24. pat pikesh said,

    on April 7th, 2009 at 5:26 am

    I have a paper bark tree that the deer have almost stripped its bark completely around the tree and a beech tree that is totally stripped of its bark but it has a few buds on the tip of the tree. Will these survive or are they going to die can I repair them at all with any type of cover. Ive heard the black spray hurts more than helps Thanks for your advice. Pat Pikesh