We cut branches improperly from three of our trees and at least five of the branches resulted in bark being ripped from the tree trunk. Is there any dressing that I can put on the trees to help them heal faster and keep out disease, such as Tree Kote? Or should I just leave them to heal on their own?

It would not be recommended to put any type of dressing on the rips. Some of those wound dressings can encourage decay. Let the wounds dry up and start producing callus growth, 2-3 months. Then, it is suggested to make an appointment with your local office to have an arborist explain how to bark trace the injury to correct, as much as possible, the damage. Feeding the tree will help increase callus tissue generation. Irrigation during drought can also improve plant health if you are in a position to water the trees.

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