Trees have feelings too! 🙂 A tree is a living organism, so as such it is susceptible to many things that any living organism is susceptible to. For instance a nail can infect the tree if there is bacteria or a virus on the nail. It can cause a loss of leaves and/or branches or cause death.
Sometimes insects and other little critters can mess with the void a nail may leave behind further infecting the tree and that can cause some harmful damage.
My advice, a little isn’t to much, but a lot can become horrid quick. If you want to use a nail on a tree use a nail that doesn’t penetrate the bark completely to allow for some form of protection and regrowth.
Another problem with creating open “wounds” is that that they are places where water can collect. This becomes a favorable environment for fungal and viral growth. Also the tree’s xylem, cambium, and phloem layers can be damaged; disrupts the transmission of water and nutrients from the roots up the tree.
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