I have a beautiful live oak tree on which our local government workers, in their indefinite wisdom, have spray painted some markings.
Anybody know how I can remove the spray paint without harming the tree?
07:10AM | 03/14/00
Hi Ed, you're not going to like this answer but the most likely reason that they sprayed paint on the tree is that they are planning to cut it down soon. This is typical for the local government to do in certain situations, i.e., sick trees, safety hazards, etc. You can contact the local government to find out for sure, and see if there is anything you can do to stop them. Oh, one other thought is that maybe it's just marked for trimming if it's close to or in contact with any overhead lines.
Wick, Thanks for the reply. Luckily my tree has a better fate in store. What they marked was the height of the 100-year flood elevation so they could show my homebuilder how high my first floor had to be. They're through with the mark now ... but it remains.
Living around a army corp of engineer controlled lake, we have a number of "witness trees" and their markings. Often, as surveys are redone, the markings have to be changed. The rangers don't remove the orange paint; rather, they paint over it with a brown or black that blends with the tree. Perhaps you could find a color to match your bark -- perhaps even some of the "textured" spray paints could at least cover the orange until you could find a better solution.
thank you for the information. When my grandson (he's 5) painted our tree in the backyard blue, I didnt know what to do to get the paint off. I will try your suggestions and in the future make sure there isn't any paint for him to get ahold of.