What could be wrong with my chinos oak? Wondering if need oil will help. I am upset about the prospect of losing my chinos oak
Agree with Tor. I'm thinking squirrels.
It is a young tree, under 10 YO. It got some damage during the drought from hell in 2011 but it seemed to heal itself and gee nicely. We've had a very wet spring, don't know if this is a factor. Here Is a closeup of bark
At least two more areas look like this. I feel terrible that I didn't notice before, this could have happened over the last 6 mo but can't say for sure
what's peeling the meyer lemons?
Citrus tree branches bark chewed off- fast and a lot!
JM eaten halfway around...keep or replace?
Help - Peeling Bark on tree
Do those areas go all the way around the tree?!?
I can not believe its canopy looks soo good with those wounds or whatever.
How natural an area are you in? Not that I can think of a critter which would climb your tree and do that.
Ack! I just noticed I typed chinos instead of CHISOS oak. Squirrels and I are at serious war; are they eating bark for food? Will neem oil help? I consider myself observant of my garden so was upset about this development. Either happened overnight or was so gradual that I overlooked. Other than abused bark, Tree is beautiful so no alarms had sounded off in my head.
If it squirrels I found this
I may try a baffle but there are trees nearby and they can slip baffle and jump from canopy to canopy. I hate hate hate those squirrels
I do not think squirrels eat bark. But they sure do rip a lot of it up, going up and down the trunk. At certain times, they shred the already shreddy bark on my two big arbs out front. Then they nip off the ends of almost every single branch to get at the seeds inside the cones. Bushy-tailed bastards!
tom, have you lost a tree to this damage
Holy cow! I'm voting for squirrels - unless there's a porcupine loose in your neighborhood. I've seen the tree rats eat bark - but not to THAT extent.
Update: bark looks so pitiful but I have a full new canopy. Couldn't take a good pic. But did take one of the bark. I'm torn between pulling this out or letting it survive,
this is one was taken in February
Wow, sorry about your tree bossy. It could've been deer, I know it doesn't matter what did it now, but, likely not squirrels. Deer can do some damage.