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Has this oak tree been "ringed"? Is it damaged?

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Hi there

 

I'm new here - I've got a client who has some trees in his back garden. 

 

There was ivy growing up the tree and he tells me he got a tree surgeon to remove the ivy.  However, he sent me a photo of the work and the bark has been removed in a large section all around the trunk.

 

My husband tells me this is called "ringing" and a google search suggests that this is used to kill a tree - although it did suggest that oak trees can withstand this.

 

Has the tree been damaged beyond repair?  Is there anything that I should do - is this the normal way to remove ivy?

 

i can see that the ivy hasn't been touched at the root so it looks to me as if the ivy will just grow again anyway. 

 

I'm so grateful for any advice.

Photo of tree with ivy rem(7208287.1).doc

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Difficult to tell from the photo, but provided the bark/cambium is not damaged the tree will be fine. The Ivy should wither and die, and will be reasonable easy to strip off. Again, it is hard to tell from the photo but IMO looks a good job. On closer inspection looks like they may have damaged the bark a bit, but not that seriously from what I can see. It is a tricky job, the bark has not been removed from what I can see. 

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Closer look.
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Hi, yes I agree with hicap and lateron, tree should be fine. It's the usual way to kill ivy. I've done it many times , cut an approx 2ft section of the ivy out, treat the roots and the top section willdie off making it easier to strip out.

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Hi there

 

Thank you all so much for your replies.  The client won't send me another photo - he's being a bit difficult about it all.  My main worry was that the tree was damaged because there happens to be a TPO on it.  

 

As for the price - I can confirm he paid £60 for this. He won't tell me who did it though!  

 

Thank you again so much.  I am extremely grateful. :)

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1 hour ago, Stere said:

Why sloppy and un pro?

 

 

If you look closer there are some saw marks on the bark. Using a handsaw (or heaven forbid a topper) with a bit of care you can avoid scarring the tree.

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