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Included Bark - The danger you weren't aware even exsisted

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Included Bark - The danger you weren't aware even exsisted

By: A. Pasma, 2014-03-20 14:36:45

I just wanted to post a note about a very real problem with trees that most people are not aware of. It is called included bark, and it happens at the junction of co-dominant stems where there is a union that looks more like a "v" than a "u". As the tree grows, the narrow area fills with bark, and creates a very weak area in the structure of the tree. This weakness puts stress on either one or both of the co-dominant stems, and as the tree grows, the "v" only becomes deeper. Trees with included bark are at a huge risk of failure. Stress on the stem unions caused from high winds, snow, or like we just witnessed, the weight of ice, will cause them to split or break at the junction. It is important to inspect your trees, even the young ones, for the potential or evidence of included bark. If you suspect your trees might be affected, contact us today for a free quote. Catching the problem early could save your tree, and a lot of future headache.