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    I just had a new fence installed and the workers took it upon themselves to take a large chunk out of my neighbor's tree in order to keep our fence line straight (which, it isn't, by the way). I am concerned about the tree because we had another tree taken down and the arborist told us that to grind the stump of the damaged tree alone would be $1200... so I am very interested in keeping the tree healthy right now. Is there a product that I can purchase to seal the exposed trunk in order to prevent decay and damage to the tree from insects, etc? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    The health of the tree will depend on it's type, size, and resistance to infection/pests. Your fence guys were idiots and can probably be held liable for the damage, removal, and replacement costs of the tree. If it is a mature tree, that is usually taken into account as well (by the mediating authority).
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    Thanks, I haven't even gotten the guy who sold me the fence to call back yet! But, in the meantime, can you think of anything that I can do to prevent further damage to the tree? It is a huge tree. It has three trunks and at the base it is probably 4 to 5 feet in diameter. I'm pretty sure its a tulip tree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jllj View Post
    Thanks, I haven't even gotten the guy who sold me the fence to call back yet! But, in the meantime, can you think of anything that I can do to prevent further damage to the tree? It is a huge tree. It has three trunks and at the base it is probably 4 to 5 feet in diameter. I'm pretty sure its a tulip tree.
    And I suspect that if the tree dies and your neighbor sues you, you won't be able to track your fence guy. Gone.

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    Ok... so, I was looking for advice about my tree from people who know about trees, if possible. Lawyers and cynics need not reply. Thanks.

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    At this point about all you can do is consult with an arborist who can physically inspect the tree and offer some advice.

    It also unfortunate that you don't want to hear that your fence guys were idiots and should be held accountable for their stupidity.
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    jllj,

    Sorry to sound so rough, but welcome to the litigious world of real eastate, where lawyers are snooping around like sharks, looking to create cases. Believe me, I've delt with lawyers, no, you don't want them around you. That's the reality we live in.

    Just look at simple cases between neighbors in small claim courts. They sue for everything. A lawsuit can come your way, out of the blue, any minute, any day. Even if you are not guilty, you still have to spend time and money to defend yourself and to prove that you're not guilty. And when you win, nobody will usually compensate you for all you're out.

    BTW, was the fence contractor licensed and bonded?

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    I understand, dj1, however I am not interested in suing the fence contractor or fighting with my neighbor to the point where they would sue me. Honestly, I'd pay to take a dead tree down if a contractor I hired caused damage to it and refused to fix it themselves. It would suck because its so expensive, but I think it would be the right thing to do.

    The fence company is licensed and has been in business in New Jersey for 85 years. And, after I called again this morning the guy came out and took a look at the fence and said he would fix the crookedness. He also told me that an arborist that has spoken to in the past thinks what they did is ok because they did not cut into the rings of the tree.... just part of the root that was above ground. Is this the case? I mentioned my concern about carpenter ants and he didn't seem to really have an answer. I thought this is what the sprays would take care of. However, according to Keith, it seems that the benefits from the sprays are debatable? How long should it take for the tree to heal itself on its own? The wedge that he took out of the tree probably measured about 4 inches at the bottom, however as I mentioned before, the bottom of this tree's trunk is about 4 feet in diameter.

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    If you are looking for visible evidence that it has healed, it may be hard to see at first. The bark around the wound will swell up and kind of cap itself off, but the wood will still be exposed. When you see the edges of the woond swell up, then, since this is so close to the ground, I would paint the exposed wood with any good quality paint. In fact, I would start with an oil based primer, then a good latex over that.

    In the meantime, mix a little boric acid (roach powder) in with some hot water and when it cools, cover the wood with it. This will delay any rot and discourage any insect activity while the wound heals.

    Judging by the new information, I don't think this tree is in any immediate danger from this incident.

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