How to Fix a Tree With Bark Missing


The cambium, phloem, and xylem layers, which are responsible for transporting nutrients and water between the leaves and roots, are shielded by the bark of the tree. The removal of bark causes these layers to get dried up, which prevents water and nutrients from being delivered over the whole of a tree’s circumference. If the bark piece is six inches broad, then it means that six inches of the tree’s circumference are rendered useless for their intended use. There is no chance that the damage can be repaired if the bark is absent in a band all the way around the tree, which is referred to as girdling. It is not difficult to repair damage that encompasses around one-fourth to one-half of the tree’s girth.

  1. You should do the best you can to reattach the missing piece of bark to the tree. According to the instructions provided by Takoma Tree Experts, a piece of duct tape or strapping tape should be wrapped around the tree to secure the bark piece. Alternately, you might replace the tape every three months until the bark has fully recovered and no longer requires it. If the bark has already broken into multiple little pieces, if you cannot discover the missing bark at all, or if the tree wound has already started to callous over, then this procedure will not work.

  2. Using a razor knife that has been sterilised in a 10 percent solution of chlorine bleach, remove any loose bark that is around the region of missing bark around the tree. According to Brad Mount’s advice, you should refrain from cutting into the interior layers and instead remove just the bark. A chisel is an excellent tool for cleanly cutting edges all the way around the missing bark. When the bark is thin, remove it off the tree by scraping rather than cutting.

  3. Keep the wound open and expose it to the air so that it may dry out and develop a protective callous. If just a little bit of bark is missing, the tree is able to grow new bark; but, if a substantial portion of bark is missing, the tree will often develop a raised callous around the incision.

  4. During the healing process, be sure to give the tree enough of water and fertiliser, as this will assist lessen the amount of stress it is under. You may try surrounding the tree with a layer of completed compost measuring three inches thick, using it as a fertiliser and mulch, and then gently watering it into the soil. The mulch preserves soil moisture and the nutrients are delivered slowly into the soil over a longer period of time than when applying a water-soluble fertiliser.

    Things You Will Need

    • Razor knife

    • Chlorine bleach

    • Duct tape

    • Finished compost


    This approach, which involves cutting the bark in a vertical, elliptical pattern, is no longer advised, despite the fact that widespread advice encourages doing so. It was once thought that doing this would speed up the healing process; however, it is now generally understood that doing so just results in a wider wound, which in turn increases the risk of contracting illness, and provides no practical advantage. In a similar manner, it is sometimes recommended to paint over wounds in order to ward against illness. However, doing so inhibits air movement, which prevents the wound from drying up and may actually lead to the wound rotting away.