Plan the perfect garden with our interactive tool →

Tree Bark Removal Tools

...
Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Tree bark is like human skin in that it forms a protective layer for the tree. It is the outermost layer of the tree’s roots and stems and it generally consists of inner and outer bark. The inner bark is the living part of the bark and helps sap move from the leaves throughout the tree. If you wish to remove the bark of your tree, only remove the outer bark, and use the proper tools so that you don’t damage the tree. According to the National Trails Training Partnership, spring is the best time to remove bark from a tree.

Spud

A bark spud is specifically designed to remove a tree's bark and is characterized by a deep scoop blade that looks similar to an ice cream scoop. It has three cutting sides that get under the bark and remove it by carefully sliding the blade between the wood and the bark. According to the National Trails Training Partnership website, the handle of the tool is usually wooden and between 1 and 4 feet long. This website recommends that you keep your hands, feet and other people away from the cutting blade.

Chisel

A wood chisel has a rectangular blade that is flat on the bottom and beveled on the back. Generally, the blade of this tool is slightly sharp so that it can dig into the wood. You position the chisel between the wood and the tree and slightly push down, angling towards the exterior of the tree. Avoid chiseling into the tree. While you can do this by hand, a mallet makes the work easier. The handles of chisels are either wood or coated metal.

Mallet

A mallet is like a hammer except that the head is usually round or square and fatter. Use a soft-faced carpenter’s mallet along with a chisel to break the bark off the tree. Hold the chisel in one hand with the head sandwiched between a piece of bark and the tree. Lightly hammer the head of the mallet on the rear of the handle. Only remove small chunks of bark at a time.

Draw Knife

A draw knife has two handles slightly angled outwards and a long, serrated blade in the middle. According to the National Trails Training Partnership, it is for stripping bark off poles and logs. Grasp the tool with both hands and pull it downwards for an upright tree or towards you for a tree on the ground.

Related Articles

How to Remove Tree Bark
How to Remove Tree Bark
How to Fix a Chain on a Black & Decker Alligator
How to Fix a Chain on a Black & Decker Alligator
How to Trim Grass Around Trees
How to Trim Grass Around Trees
How to Bolt a Double Trunk Tree
How to Bolt a Double Trunk Tree
How to Remove a Sapling Tree
How to Remove a Sapling Tree
How to Remove Chalk Line Marks From Concrete
How to Remove Chalk Line Marks From Concrete
How to Cut Down a Birch Tree
How to Cut Down a Birch Tree
How to Preserve Tree Bark on Furniture
How to Preserve Tree Bark on Furniture
How to Identify Trees by Bark
How to Identify Trees by Bark
How to Tell How Old a Magnolia Tree Is
How to Tell How Old a Magnolia Tree Is
How to Prune Japanese Cherry Trees
How to Prune Japanese Cherry Trees
How to Attach a Fence to a Tree
How to Attach a Fence to a Tree
How to Get Rid of Cypress Trees
How to Get Rid of Cypress Trees
How to Fix a Gap Between the Driveway & Garage
How to Fix a Gap Between the Driveway & Garage
How to Prune Blue Spruce
How to Prune Blue Spruce
Garden Guides
×