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January 29th, 2007

Painted trees

While walking the dog, I noticed a few trees in front of an apartment complex that had a two-foot white strip painted around the base of the trunk. I couldn’t figure out what the heck it was for, but figured it had to be for some good reason since it was obviously intentional.

According to this Yahoo! Answer, it’s to help prevent webworms (wwwworms?) from eating the tree because “webworms won’t cross a white line.” However, another responder to the question said that “You should NEVER paint the bark of a tree. A tree exchanges gasses through the bark much like our skin. Painting tree bark would leed [sic] to a trees [sic] slow death.” Another responder said there have been trees in his hometown painted for ten years and they’re doing fine.

FAQ Farmers have a similar answer, indicating that it’s an insecticide, but someone else says it’s mainly to prevent “sun burn fo [sic] the trunks of the tree.” Why do I have to [sic] so many words in these answers?

Are there any arborists in the house that can clear this up? Is it plain paint? Is it a mixture of paint and water? Or paint and an insecticide (mmm… smells good!)? Is it to prevent bugs? Sunburn? Is it unhealthy for the tree?

So many questions, and even more answers.

Posted in Everyday Life

Cat January 29, 2007, 3:12 pm

Well, I found this:

http://www.homeorchardsociety.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=1090&sid=76d922050b1fc0b5e9cba57e9622ab73

But I think if you want a definitive answer that you won’t have to [sic] so much, you’ll have to go to ask.metafilter.com.

Paul January 29, 2007, 4:14 pm

I’ve seen this a lot too, for the record, and have always wondered what it was all about. Definitely not the hokey pokey.

Roger L. Corn March 1, 2007, 12:26 am

Bug-Juice Insecticide Paint is a USEPA Registered paint for the purpose of painting a 2 foot baand on trees, and it kills by contack crawling and flying insects that alight on the treated paint. It will not harm the tree , who ever said that is misguided.
For more information please go to http://www.wwenvironmental.com and view the Bug-Juice section.
Roger

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