Just bought a house. One of my trees has a kid's "tree fort" built onto it
from previous owner. They used nails and huge bolts, some drilled completely
through several limbs. I wish to remove the fort and am wondering if I
should remove the bolts and nails or if it would be better to leave them as
is since they have been in place for 10 or more years.
Thanks for any advice.
Remove all of the hardware, and let the air get at the wounds. If the tree
is healthy it'll eventually close around the openings. The hardware isn't
that big a deal to leave in place except that some unfortunate with a chain
saw will discover them 40 years from now. The wood appressed to the braches
and causing them to grow around is the real problem.
My 2 cents.
Mike LaMana, MS
Heartwood Consulting Services, LLC
I think you'll find that even the hardware that looks removable is
pretty well in there for good (or bad). I once tried to remove a lag
screw that was a foot peg for my tree house and twisted it in half
without ever budging the part that was in the wood.
As someone who has hit a few bits of steel with a chainsaw, I
appreciate the poster who was looking out for me, but I suggest
leaving the hardware, as removal is likely to do more harm than good,
if it's even possible. The growth that has formed to cover the wounds
made by the hardware will likely be damaged, breaking one of the walls
between healthy/unhealthy wood. Just try to remember to warn any
future sawyers who may have cause to cut into this tree.
ISA Certified Arborist
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On 5/17/04 10:00 PM, in article email@example.com,
For my money's worth...remove as much of the hardware as you can. Any
gapping holes will mend if you paint them with a tree paint-tar or whatever
it is called. The tree should grow over the damaged areas within a year or
Nails, bolts left in trees could severely injure anyone in the future
using a chainsaw. And just think...it might be you or some one you care
for...that gets hurt. (Just how good is your memory?) It will never happen
to someone who 'deserves it'!
Fort Langley, BC
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