Repairing a Tree That Split in Wind

My beautiful October Glory maple had two main trunks. In a windstorm,one broke off. The tree looks healthy and has since grown new small branches that at filling in the gap. However, I have found that where the trunk broke off there has developed a 4-5 inch well that holds rain and seems to be rotting around the edges. Should I try to fill the hole with concrete to prevent the hole from filling with rainwater or future insects, or do you have a good recommendation to save this tree?


By Peggy B

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March 15, 20150 found this helpful

Suggest you consult with an arborist or tree company or a local nursery for help. Not sure if cement is appropriate or will not encourage rot.

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March 16, 20150 found this helpful

I think that until you take a decision, you should in the meantime empty the well that holds the rain and try to get it dry. If you can't do it with a pump you can try to take a piece of cotton material and put one end in the water of the well and let the other end hang town the trunk at a level lower than the bottom of the well this should pump away a good part of the water. Once you have managed to get the well quite dry you can fill it with Stockholm tar or lineseed oil or a mixture of the two.


Stockholm tar is not chemical it is pine tar, we use it to protect the wood when grafting a rose tree or a tree. Stockholm tar is also used by vets to treat the splits in the hoofs of horses or donkeys it is also used in the construction of boats. Lineseed oil will harden the wood and protect it from water. This should stop the humidity from going down in the wood of your tree.

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