The Northeast has been hit by an early winter snow storm. A large limb broke off from my magnolia tree. As the limb fell, most of the bark was removed from the trunk of the tree. Is there anything that I can put on the exposed portion of the tree to prevent disease or further damage?
By Emily R.
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Have you contacted your local extension agent? If not, Google your local university plus the words extension service to find your local office and website-loads of free info on your local site geared for your specific area.
I live in the UK now but spent 30+ years in the American South-land of the beautiful magnolia. If your tree had been damaged in the Deep South I would have (as a Master Gardener) advised leaving the tree alone to avoid any sort of wound paint being more of a environment for fungi and disease than a protection or remedy for the wounds caused by the storm.
But I have no experience with the Northeast. You need info specific to your area, and should get advice from someone trained (as are Master Gardeners by your extension service) for your locale.
Good luck, I hope your tree survives, the magnolia is one of the most beautiful and fragrant trees around when they are in bloom.
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