Do Squirrels Harm Trees: How To Minimize Squirrel Tree Damage

By December 5, 2017Articles

Do Squirrels Harm Trees: How To Minimize Squirrel Tree Damage

By December 5, 2017Articles

Do Squirrels Harm Trees: How To Minimize Squirrel Tree Damage

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Why do squirrels dig holes in trees? Good question! Squirrels typically build nests, also known as dreys. In generally, squirrels don’t create holes, but they sometimes take advantage of abandoned woodpecker holes or other pre-existing cavities. Additionally, squirrels sometimes gnaw trees, usually where bark is rotten or a dead branch has fallen from the tree, to get to the sweet sap just below the bark. Let’s take a closer look. Do Squirrels Harm Trees? Squirrel tree damage is generally limited on healthy trees. However, although it is uncommon, removal of too much bark around the circumference of a branch can block movement of sugars and the branch can be damaged. Bark may also be damaged if fungal infections enter the damaged wood. Broad-leaved trees are most vulnerable to damage by squirrels. Again, tree damage by squirrels isn’t a common occurrence. Preventing

Do Squirrels Harm Trees: How To Minimize Squirrel Tree Damage

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Why do squirrels dig holes in trees? Good question! Squirrels typically build nests, also known as dreys. In generally, squirrels don’t create holes, but they sometimes take advantage of abandoned woodpecker holes or other pre-existing cavities. Additionally, squirrels sometimes gnaw trees, usually where bark is rotten or a dead branch has fallen from the tree, to get to the sweet sap just below the bark. Let’s take a closer look. Do Squirrels Harm Trees? Squirrel tree damage is generally limited on healthy trees. However, although it is uncommon, removal of too much bark around the circumference of a branch can block movement of sugars and the branch can be damaged. Bark may also be damaged if fungal infections enter the damaged wood. Broad-leaved trees are most vulnerable to damage by squirrels. Again, tree damage by squirrels isn’t a common occurrence. Preventing

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