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Apple tree repair

Morning people I have this apple tree on a job that has split down the trunk, sort of equally balancing the head in half. When the wind blows you can seem it moving down the trunk. Just wondering what your ideas/ experience would be in correcting it? I was thinking foam padding and a ratchet strap, I know this might choke the tree, but once it starts leaving and fruiting it will go anyway. I can get my felco secateurs fit in the split. Thanks


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  • PRO

    Hi Oliver


    personaly i have no ideas as never had anything that sounds like this where i didn't just remove the tree,

    regardless to my thoughts etc there could be someone on here who could help but to do so i think a few photos will really help them to see the issue

    • Tried to put one up, but it would not work?

  • PRO

    I imagine from what you say that if you don't do anything the tree is likely to split, espcially when it fruits as it presumably will get heavier up top.  I would suggest possibly trying some renovative pruning to remove any really long top growth to either side of the split to reduce stress on the trunk.  Your solution of padding and a ratchet strap may then do the job.

  • PRO

    Hi Oliver, It's hard to picture what this looks like. Has the trunk split so that branches from the crown are on either side? If that's the case can't you remove everything from one side of the split and develop a new crown from what you have left over a few seasons? Nice clean cuts trying to get rid of as much of the damaged wood as possible will help with vigour and reduce the chance of diseases like Canker getting into the bark. Also do it now before the sap starts to rise. Cheers Jim

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  • PRO

    Looks too damaged to rescue. I would take it out & plant a new one. 

  • PRO

     That will just rot from the inside making the tree weaker and unsafe as it gets bigger, I would do as Bernie has suggested and take it out and replant.

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