Deer often rub their antlers on trees for a variety of reasons—marking territory, removing felt from antlers, wooing does and removing antlers. Whatever the reason, rubbing can lead to a tree’s death.
Easy Solution: Skip expensive tree wraps and use plastic corrugated drainage pipe to make your own tree guard. Just cut the pipe to correct size, make a slit along one side and wrap it around the trunk.
Tree trunks can develop enlarged bumps or galls. Many things can cause a gall to form: bacteria, insects, fungi or some kind of injury. A tree can have one or many galls. Arborists find that trees with many galls typically have a shorter lifespan, but the presence of a gall isn’t a tremendous cause for alarm. If you’re pruning a tree with a gall, it’s wise to sterilize pruning tools after working on the tree in case the cause is a microorganism that can spread to other healthy trees.
A tree can self-heal bark damage by forming what’s known as a callus. On this tree, you can see the callus on the left trunk. It forms a thick, woody-looking edge around what’s visible of the exposed trunk wood. The right trunk callus has nearly closed over the original wound. When you see callus forming, your tree is on its way to healing. Make sure it has adequate fertilizer and water during the growing season so it can direct energy toward callus formation.
If a tree with an otherwise smooth trunk suddenly starts sprouting little leafy shoots, that’s a sign the tree is under stress. Epicormics shoots—the leafy sprouts that grow from a tree trunk in little clusters—occur when trees aren’t doing well. It could be due to insects, diseases or environmental stresses like flooding. Some trees are more prone to producing epicormics shoots, so if these appear on a tree you own, do your homework.
When deciding what kind of coffee table to buy, it's important to think about what function it will serve, says designer Rachel Greathouse. In this case, an heirloom trunk serves a new use as storage and a coffee table in this rustic space.
Metal bodied and trimmed in leather, this steamer trunk inspired coffee table brings an industrial touch to this living room. Decorated with terrariums, a tray, and an antique box, the table serves as display as much as function.
Trunk-style coffee tables are not only stylish, but provide practical storage for toys, extra throws and pillows, a movie collection and anything that needs to be stored for a busy family. This rustic trunk-style coffee table is an easy build, but the result will have your friends thinking you're a pro woodworker!
Atlanta designer Alice Cramer says to clear the clutter off of your coffee table and use varying heights to make the surface a showpiece. She styled this tree trunk coffee table with a taller potted plant and a small stack of coffee table books.