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Maple bark scratch identification help (pic)

Posted by toronado3800 Z6 St. Louis (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 29, 08 at 2:40

Tree is about 10 feet tall, one of them arbor day free red maples. Its planted smack in the middle of the wet spot in my yard. Really its growing quite fine but every few months scratches like these pop back up.

If its a small animal I guess I can put a fence back up around the tree. Had some deer in the yard ravage an arborvitae and hinoki cypress this spring, don't know if I'm willing to install a tall enough fence to deter them.

Any ideas?

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RE: Maple bark scratch identification help (pic)

  • Posted by bboy z8 WA USA (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 29, 08 at 12:26

Maybe try wrapping affected area with tree wrap or putting a narrow wire enclosure around the trunk for awhile.


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RE: Maple bark scratch identification help (pic)

Acer rubrum in case you're interested.

Dax


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RE: Maple bark scratch identification help (pic)

My guess is it might be squirrels, but they do most of their feeding like this in the late winter or early spring when other food is scarce.


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RE: Maple bark scratch identification help (pic)

Excellent. Maybe they're climbing the darn thing tearin it up. Any more and here comes the chicken wire!

To this point Dax it hasn't displayed very good fall color. Been blaming that on age or location. Maybe dumb luck.


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RE: Maple bark scratch identification help (pic)

Acer rubrum seedlings are almost always yellowish with dull fall color. You'd need to buy a named cultivar such as 'Embers', 'Red Sunset', 'October Glory', etc -

Those little scratches won't do anything to the health of your tree but I agree that it's time to protect it. Chicken wire is good.

Dax


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