Many children often find it amusing to remove the bark from a tree – however, unknown to many, doing this can in fact harm a tree drastically, possibly even killing it. Tree bark damage is both dangerous and unsightly. Here is the lowdown on tree bark and our top tips in order to repair to damage done due to the removal of tree bark…

The Function of Tree Bark

In the simplest of terms, tree bark is like the skin of a tree. Just as our skin protects us, the tree bark helps to protect a tree from external factors. Its main purpose is to protect the phloem layer of a tree, which is similar to our circulatory system. The phloem has an important role in bringing the energy formed via photosynthesis in the leaves to the rest of the tree.

How Removing Bark Affects a Tree

As the barks function is to protect the part of tree which provides food, damaged bark means that this delicate system is also damaged. Statistics show that tree bark damaged which goes less than 25% around a tree is treatable and that the tree will survive as long as it is not left open to diseases – however, damage above 50% puts the tree at risk whilst 100% damage around the tree is known as girding. This kind of tree damage is difficult to fix and usually the tree will die.

Here at Ashley Tree Services, we know everything there is to know about trees. As they are the plant which provides us with oxygen, we think it is only right that we take the time to look after them by highlighting the dangers of tree bark damage. Check back for part two on how to treat tree bark damage and get in contact with one of the top best tree surgeons in Manchester for all your tree related enquiries today!