sealing tree wounds

September 11, 2019
last modified: September 11, 2019

I have implanted a few pesticide bullets in a tree infected with soft scales. 3 out of the 5 implant sites are bleeding out saps. The manufacturer of the implants suggests caulking the implant sites to prevent bleed outs. I'm hesitant to do that as I'm not 100% sure if those are pure saps, caused by driving the implants in too deep beyond the cambium or they are something else, caused by a bacterial infection for example. Meanwhile, the bleed out seems to be getting worse. What are your thoughts?

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