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What is a bark inclusion on a tree?


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We here in the Denver metro see a fair amount of included bark on our trees.

Included bark is a condition that occurs when a tree's bark becomes trapped between two branches or between a branch and the trunk of the tree. This can happen as a tree grows and its branches begin to compete for space, causing the bark to be pinched or compressed. Included bark is dangerous because it can weaken the structural integrity of the tree and make it more susceptible to failure. In this article, we will discuss what included bark is, why it's dangerous, how to spot it, and how to properly deal with a tree that has it.

When bark is included between two branches or between a branch and the trunk, it can create a weak point in the tree. This can happen as a tree grows and its branches begin to compete for space, causing the bark to be pinched or compressed. The trapped bark can prevent the tree from healing and protecting itself, making it more susceptible to disease and insect infestation. Over time, the included bark can weaken the structural integrity of the tree, making it more likely to fail in high winds or heavy snow.

It's important to spot the included bark early, so that it can be dealt with before it causes significant damage to the tree. One way to spot included bark is to look for a V-shaped or U-shaped crotch between two branches. If the bark is trapped in this area, it's a sign that the tree has included bark. Another way to spot included bark is to look for cracks or fissures in the bark. These can be signs that the tree is experiencing stress and that the bark is being compressed.

The best way to deal with a tree that has included bark is to remove the affected branches. This can be done by a professional arborist, who will carefully remove the branches without damaging the rest of the tree. In some cases, the arborist may also need to remove a portion of the trunk to remove the included bark. If the tree is too large to remove, the arborist may recommend cabling or bracing to support the tree and reduce the risk of failure.

Included bark problems tend to show their colors during high wind events and early or late season snow loads here in Denver. These weak points give way with the added stress load the environmnet puts on it. If you ignore the problem an arborist spots there's a good chance it will come back to haunt you in the form of an insurance claim later on.

Included bark is a condition that occurs when a tree's bark becomes trapped between two branches or between a branch and the trunk of the tree. This can cause the tree to become weak and more susceptible to failure. It's important to spot included bark early and to deal with it properly by removing the affected branches or supporting the tree. If you suspect that a tree on your property has included bark, it's important to consult with Colorado Premier Tree Care to determine the best course of action.

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