“Putty” to fill in tree carvings?
Aug 28, 2022 at 10:44 am #3758792MarcusBPL Member
I obsessively erase grafitti from the trails I frequent.
One form of vandalism I haven’t tackled yet are carvings in the bark of trees, usually initials, often about the size of your fist.
I am looking for suggestions for a spreadable putty which I could cover carvings with.
I’m thinking something flexible like a brownish-gray siliconized caulk or similar. Is there a product specifically for this? Or can You think of a product that would work well for this application? Weight doesn’t matter, most of the carvings are within 3 miles of a trailhead.
Thanks in advance!Aug 28, 2022 at 10:51 am #3758793DanBPL Member
My understanding is that applying a sealant or paint to tree bark damage can inhibit the natural healing process. So while your heart is in the right place, you could possibly harm the trees by filling in carving with foreign matter.Aug 28, 2022 at 4:18 pm #3758816jjBPL Member
its not good to mess with the trees healing/scarring process. maybe preventative education like a leaflet on LNT which specifically addresses the issue printed and left at the trailhead will make some folks think twiceAug 28, 2022 at 7:59 pm #3758825MarcusBPL Member
Ah, bummer, ok. I’ll let things heal naturally then.
I’ve been meaning to get some signs made, but reference the police and forest service instead of LNT. The delinquents who frequent this area don’t care about rules. But I have been rather successful scrubbing grafitti and cleaning trash to the point the condition of ~1.5 miles of mountian stream has substantially improved. The tree carvings are one of the last traces of hooliganalery I’d love to erase but apparently isn’t in the cards.Aug 28, 2022 at 8:04 pm #3758826DWR DBPL Member
You might contact an actual arborist… tree surgeon… they sometimes cut out infected wood and fill it with something… but I doubt it would be putty.. and you might need to sterilize the wound with something…Sep 5, 2022 at 12:25 am #3759202SIMULACRABPL Member
@simulacraLocale: Puget Sound
Filling the carving “in” with a foreign material will just make it stand out all the more. You’re better off slicing the initials off the surface.Sep 5, 2022 at 8:11 am #3759207Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
yeah, cut out the initials so it looks naturalSep 5, 2022 at 3:00 pm #3759244DWR DBPL Member
If you’re cutting, sterilize the instruments and the wound… or you could be introducing a bacteria that could kill the tree.
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