Not girdling, just a scraped off area from where a tree landed on it. I have it on good information to leave a trunk injury on a two or three year sapling like this alone, but wondered if there were other opinions. Or maybe the response depends on the type of tree?
It's a seaberry. In my experience they're pretty resilient, but I'm very fond of that specimen.
Thanks for the tip...that makes sense, because the same thing sometime applies with humans. Sometimes it's better to bandage a flap of hanging flesh over a cut, sometimes better to cut it off because it's mostly severed and traps dirt. I see no one here holds truck with sealing wounds with tar or wax or whatever; reading about grafting I found those practices mostly frowned-on.
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