View Full Version : What is this ate up with?

04-14-2008, 02:10 AM
Does anyone know what this tree is ate up with? and is it going to survive much longer? The bark peels off real easy.

04-15-2008, 06:15 PM
I don't know, but you better cut it down ASAP if it's that close to the house.

04-15-2008, 08:27 PM
looks like carpenter ants the tree will probably have to come down.

04-18-2008, 02:24 AM
Anyone else have any ideas on what the hell is eating this tree.

04-18-2008, 03:25 AM
That is an impact injury that was not addressed properly. It did not heal over and decay has taken hold.

04-18-2008, 04:22 AM
You mean where i peeled the bark off?

04-18-2008, 04:31 AM
Yeah, nicked it with a mower, or some sort of large equipment. See where the exterior of the tree kind of folds over around the V-shaped hole? That is what he is talking about. Now it is rotting, and I would assume being eaten from the inside out.

04-18-2008, 04:36 AM
So it will need to come down? Is there any saving it?

Turf Commando
04-18-2008, 08:54 AM
My guess is the tree is infested with carpenter ants or termites and a wood ****** drilled it ....? Just a guess...

04-18-2008, 12:32 PM
AS Paul said. Look at the rounded edge of the layer under the bark, where it formed he V. That is where the trees cambium tried to wrap over the injury but failed. This likely failed because the injury was not cleaned up. Your peeling of that little bit of bark did no more harm than already done. As to if it should come down....you should get a local arborists opinion, but if it were me, yes I would take it down, 1. because of the proximity to the house, 2. That injury could now be an open invitation for carpenter ants and other insects, if they aren't alread there. From the little I know about carpenter ants, when the tree comes down they may relocate to your house. I think they can even have satellite colonies and travel up to a couple hundred feet away. Bringing the tree down will scatter them of course, if they are there. If they are there you might want to get rid of them before the tree is removed for that reason. Again, get a local professionals opinion. I am not an arborist. Scout for the ants at night and you should see them traveling up and down the trunk. I've used Fipronil to remove an ant colony from a willow. 3.Woodpxckers, Flickers or Coons may try to open up the hole for nesting purposes. 4. The broken off branch above. That should be trimmed back if the tree is kept. It is just another open door for insects/disease.

It could last a very long time as is, though. Call a tree specialist in. It probably wouldn't be right for any of us to make that decision based on a photo on the net. I don't know if there is a way to save it, or that it is doomed as is.

04-18-2008, 01:04 PM
Not to mention some night in a severe storm that tree is coming down right on your roof and through those skylights. Not a pleasent way to wake up.:sleeping:

04-18-2008, 01:22 PM
I meant to add this to the earlier post...

A sharp knife is one of the essential tools of a lawn care provider. First spring visits reveal lots of trees hit by cars over the winter that have slid off the road. If you ever hit a tree while mowing, trim the wound if it splits or peels bark. If I come across a tree that has been hit I trim the bark and cambium at an angle outward from the trunk exposing fresh cambium, and remove any wood splintering in the trunk or rough edges. That gives it a much better chance of healing over completely before insect or disease can step in. Any rough edges left can slow or stop the cambium for advancing across the wound and closing it off.