This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
"L. W.," Philadelphia, writes: "Some vandal permitted his horse to bark two of my maple trees, both within three feet of hitching posts. The weather and growth of trees burst the strings with which I had secured a plaster of earth and cow dung, and I find the edges of the bark healed, but a good deal of bare wood exposed. Is there anything I can put on to prevent a rotting of this wood. The trees are about twelve years old and very healthy".
[It is best in these cases to paint the wood, to keep it from decaying, until the new wood and bark at each side grow over the exposed part. - Ed. G. M].