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Thread: Is this rope strangling our tree?

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    My boyfriend has this tree in his front yard. Apparently the previous owners kept a dog tied to the tree and didn't remove the rope. The tree has started to grow around the rope and he's worried the rope will strangle the young tree. Me knowing nothing about trees really, I didn't know what to tell him. Should we leave the rope where it is or try to remove it? and if we remove it, should we seal it with that wax like stuff they use for grafting?

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    I think you should remove it. It looks like it is damaging the tree. In your second picture, its cutting right into the bark, as the tree grows it will cut deaper and deaper in there untill the tree dies. I think you should remove it now.
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    I agree. Remove and seal. Looks like what society forced women into in the 19th century, resulting in a lot of fainting. It's worse than a corset!

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    I wouldn't worry much about it. I have a maple tree that grew threw the fencing of our dog kennel. The space in this fence was about 3in. The dtree though has a diameter of about 10 inches. I even cut that trunk of the tree off and new offshoots are popping off it. The tree would most likely adapt and grow around the rope. However if you don't like how it looks just remove the rope no big deal.

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    Why is there a rope around the tree... doesn't look like it even has a length of rope to be used.
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    I also had a tree that was growing around a rope. It was a different kind of tree, but it didn't seem to be bothered by the rope. You can easily cut off the "tail" of the rope for cosmetic purposes, but you may have difficulty cutting off the part that is actually around the tree because the tree seems to already be growing into the spaces between the strands of the rope.

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    5Remove that rope, it will kill that tree! As it grows, the rope will cut deaper and deaper into the tree, untill it drops dead! Cut cut cut!
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    you can cut it, but i would leave it alone. the rope will NOT cut deeper and deeper into the tree because that's impossible, as the rope would have to become smaller and smaller in diameter to "cut" the tree. the tree will grow around the rope. it will not kill the tree and removing it would be just another hassle.

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