Sealant for my acer?

BerkleyBerkley Posts: 396

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I would like to restore my acer to a "tree shape" by removing up to five of the lower branches which are turning down towards the ground and spoiling the shape. Do you think I will need to apply sealant (none of the branches are very thick).

I could supply a December photo if it would help ...

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 7,607

    No.

    I think most people believe that sealants for cut tree branches, do more harm than good. That is certainly what the tree surgeon I use says.

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 27,858

    Acers are pretty robust. I've never known anyone use a sealant on cut branches.

    There are several where I work which are pruned every year, mainly to stop them outgrowing their spot. They've been there for over twenty  years and are very healthy. One was cut back quite a lot a few years ago with no ill effects.

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 7,607

    I am surprised you recommend tar wash DHR. I have never seen this advised.

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 4,993

    I would agree, no sealant - there's no need.
    I gave one of my acers a 'winter wash' last year as it had a bad infestation of scale insects, and it recovered well this year, and no scale insects.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,414

    I thought Tar wash had been discontinued

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