Hello I realised this morning that a cut I made the other day on the main stem of a new apple tree was too high above the bud.
So this morning I tried to correct it by cutting a bit lower down, close to the bud.
However my cutters obviously need replacing - the cut went badly wrong and I ended up with a really ragged cut that's torn the bark.
I'm concerned now obviously that this is going to lead to disease or fungal infection of some kind.
The sensible thing would be to make a fresh cut with some SHARP cutters below the level of damage.
But that bud was meant to be the new leader for the tree. If I remove there are no other buds at the correct height to replace it.
Is there anything I can do to help the tree heal that damage without having to cut any more off?