|Linden Tree in Decline|
|Photo by Pat Hayward|
I felt terribly, first because I should have been on top of how tight the strap was and how much damage it was causing. It was also positioned too high on the trunk of the tree. This is why it is so important to walk around your landscape through the year checking for trouble spots. Dave, my arborist suggested moving the strap down, but keeping it in place through the rest of the winter. I moved and corrected the strap immediately, it took me less than five minutes. Please, don't let this happen to your trees. Had I kept the strap on much longer the tree trunk could have been further damaged or girdled to the point of causing tree death. Always use nylon grommeted straps, do not use hoses with wires, rope or anything that will dig or cut into the tree or bark.
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|Tree Strap Damage (it left a mark and was digging in to the bark)|
|Moved strap down where it should have been|