Red maple tree with a crack

Red maple about 30 feet high has a split about 6 inches long that is weeping sap; on a 6 inch diameter limb. It is the first branch off the main trunk. The split is 3 feet from the base. It is located in a windy area between two house by the Long Island Sound.
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If it's a lower branch that can be removed without negatively affecting the look of the tree, you might consider removing the branch, especially if it is attached at a narrow angle, creating a V-shape crotch. Otherwise, you should consult a certified arborist to see what might be done. Small splits can sometimes repair themselves if they're not subject to continual pressure. Larger splits--especially on branches that are under undue stress--may need to be supported with bolts. For a certified arborist, go to www.isa-arbor.com, the International Society of Arboriculture.

Luke Miller, editor
Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living magazine


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