Then I went online and posted. And you commented. And what was a disaster in my mind quickly became an interesting conversation with experienced and caring gardeners.
There were three kinds of comments:
Just what a distressed gardener needs; people who understand why a crumpled tree matters. It matters. Thank you.
|In better days|
Several people told me they had fixed exactly this kind of situation by binding the split branches back together and it worked.
3. Adversity as Opportunity.
The suggestion to take off the broken half and then subsequently prune this tree into a curvy, more asymmetrical shape was interesting and thought provoking. I could do that.
So what did I do?
I got my Doctor Dirt scrubs on and went outside on a bitterly cold day today and clamped the halves together with a vise, then tied the upper branches tightly with black plastic chain to keep more pressure on.
It is so cold here that the sap is not running much yet. But as spring warms, I am hoping the tissue in the wound, now tightly clamped together, will fuse.
I can't even see the crack as the two halves are now pressed back together.
|Will my husband realize his vise clamp is missing?|
|Dr. Dirt's techniques leave no gaps|
If this doesn't work, all is not lost --- I will take Craig at Ellis Hollow's advice and simply take off half this tree's form and prune it into something very different.
While I want the fused trunk to grow back together, I'm also kind of intrigued to see what I might do with half a tree, a sharp saw, and some Felcos.
Thanks to the blogging community, I've got options and I'm no longer wailing. You guys are great.