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What is this ate up with?

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by harddog00, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. harddog00

    harddog00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    Does anyone know what this tree is ate up with? and is it going to survive much longer? The bark peels off real easy.




  2. wheels910

    wheels910 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    I don't know, but you better cut it down ASAP if it's that close to the house.

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,526

    looks like carpenter ants the tree will probably have to come down.
  4. harddog00

    harddog00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    Anyone else have any ideas on what the hell is eating this tree.
  5. 44DCNF

    44DCNF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,563

    That is an impact injury that was not addressed properly. It did not heal over and decay has taken hold.
  6. harddog00

    harddog00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    You mean where i peeled the bark off?
  7. Paulup

    Paulup LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    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.
  8. harddog00

    harddog00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    So it will need to come down? Is there any saving it?
  9. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,186

    My guess is the tree is infested with carpenter ants or termites and a wood ****** drilled it ....? Just a guess...
  10. 44DCNF

    44DCNF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,563

    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.

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