Mike Mickelbart, Assistant Professor, Horticulture
& Landscape Architecture, Purdue University
These photos show the damage that can occur
when trees outgrow the space they’ve been allowed. This
honey locust outgrew the hole in the deck around the trunk, so
the deck was modified to allow the trunk to continue to grow.
This tree will likely be fine, but you can see the flat areas
on the trunk that occurred once the tree outgrew the hole. If
this deck was not fixed, the tree would have been girdled and
could pose a danger to the structures around it.
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