A large number of factors may contribute to the presence of damaged bark on the trunk or branch of a tree. In the extreme cases, branches may break off and drop to the ground under the force of the wind, weight of ice or just on a nice, calm day.

Note: We have provided some general information and observations on this topic aimed at the home gardener. Before you take any serious action in your landscape, check with your state's land grant university's Cooperative Extension Service for the most current, appropriate, localized recommendations.


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