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Old 10-29-2017, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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I was just mowing for one of the last times this season and going over a lot of leaves. I accidentally took a big chunk out of some exposed tree roots - I usually manage to miss them.

Is there any kind of product I can put on the roots on the slice I took out of them to help seal it over? I feel like it's not a good thing for them to be open to all the moisture and snow of the season.
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Old 10-29-2017, 01:55 PM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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It should heal over on its own.
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Old 10-29-2017, 03:49 PM
 
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This link can help home owners care and protect their trees from all sorts of damage. Pay particular attention to the
section on root care. It is very possible to kill your trees with poor root care.

https://www.thoughtco.com/prescripti...branch-1342706
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Old 10-29-2017, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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It should heal over on its own.
...I'm sure it would - but I'd feel better if it was spring instead of fall going into winter...I don't want it to rot or something.
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Old 10-29-2017, 06:00 PM
 
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...I'm sure it would - but I'd feel better if it was spring instead of fall going into winter...I don't want it to rot or something.
I think one of the biggest dangers would be bugs. This is partly why trimmers trim trees more often in or around February (also because the trees are dormant). Bugs are still around in October, so that's not good. But it's not as bad as Spring and summer. The winter kills off bugs that are exposed. This is also why SOME trimmers coat fresh cuts with white paint...to protect against bugs.

Trees don't suffer much from a bit of root damage. If they did, there would be few trees around. I've heard of tree roots getting too close to sewer pipes, so those roots are cut off, and the tree does fine, as long as not too much of the roots are cut.

I would be concerned about the raw cut being exposed to bugs. But that may not be a concern this late in the season?
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Old 10-29-2017, 06:17 PM
 
Location: annandale, va & slidell, la
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It will heal on its own. Do not put anything on it like tar or paint. Insects aren't a factor. Not that big a deal.
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Old 10-29-2017, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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It will heal on its own. Do not put anything on it like tar or paint. Insects aren't a factor. Not that big a deal.
Okay...several people have said to not do anything....I did see this though:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Spectracide...hoCWdIQAvD_BwE
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Old 10-29-2017, 08:18 PM
 
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I've got a couple trees I've been nicking their roots for 6 years now occasionally.

They get me back by dropping big branches during storms on my fence, but other then that they're fine.
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Old 10-29-2017, 11:47 PM
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It will heal. Don't make it worse by trying to treat it.
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Old 10-30-2017, 01:39 AM
 
Location: Pahoa Hawaii
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What kind of trees are they? The books all say surface rooters are a big no-no.
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