Can You Repair or Stop a Tree Trunk from Rotting at the Base?

The trees around your home suffer many unintentional attacks from your lawn mower, storms, improper pruning, insects, and animals. Unfortunately, this leaves wounds that are susceptible to disease that can cause tree rot.

Tree rot occurs when wounds penetrate the bark, leaving exposed wood underneath. Fungi and bacteria makes their way into the wounds, causing wood decay inside.

So what can you do to repair the damaged area and prevent the rot from spreading?

It’s not recommended to try to repair it yourself. Many commercial options, such as tree paint, actually do more harm than good, as they do not seal the wounds properly or prevent the spread of disease.

The first thing you need to do is contact a certified arborist. It’s important to determine how bad the rot is and if the tree is in danger of falling and damaging your property.

Depending on what the arborist finds, he or she may suggest the following:

If the rot is minimal, oftentimes a tree can heal itself.

An otherwise healthy tree can seal off the decayed area as new growth occurs. The new growth will be stronger than anything you could fill cavities with.

If the tree is not at risk of falling, a little extra care could strengthen the tree and extend the expected lifespan.

This can include:

    • Avoiding further injury to the tree
    • Proper pruning
    • Watering
    • Fertilization

The healthier the rest of the tree is, the more likely it can continue to grow and seal off the damaged area.

Sometimes, a tree may be beyond saving. At this point, it is best to remove it to prevent the disease spreading to other trees and plant life in your yard.

An arborist will be able to determine whether the tree is too far gone, and will recommend removal to protect your family and property from damage caused by a fall.

At Appalachian Tree Co. Inc., we understand that your trees are an important part of your landscape, and we know how to treat them well. With over 30 years of experience in the art and science of tree care, our arborists are ready and able to help determine the best course of action for any of your trees.

If you need a tree removed, call on us! Tree removal can be dangerous. Our experienced team can safely and efficiently remove a troublesome tree from your property without further damage. In more difficult cases such as a tight space, we can use a crane to get to, and remove, your tree.

No matter your tree care needs, contact us for a free estimate!