Fire damage to trees
Hello to all. . .
I have a problem with some trees in my woodland caused by a reckless neighbor starting a trash fire which traveled into my property. Some 40ft. oak, maple, and pine were burnt around the bases. It's been about one and a half years now and I'm fretting over the condition of the trees. I know there is just so much that I can do. The bark is coming off in spots. . .that's the bad part. The good part is scabs of a sort are forming around the burnt parts that surround the area where the bark is coming off.
Should I be removing the dead bark? I've noticed that bugs are living under the dead bark and the tree isn't drying in those areas. Even on healthy trees there are spots around the base where I can chip bark off and under these spots I find insects like jointed hard backed worms. Shouldn't these spots be exposed so that they will dry up and the insects will go away?