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Peeled branches
« on: March 19, 2017, 02:18:05 PM »
Can someone tell me what causes this?  a bunch of small branches of my tulip tree are peeled from the end to the trunk.
Weather related?  Insect? 

 

sorry I tried to zoom but when I do it changes the format of the pic to something the forum won't accept.  On Monday I can get a better pic.

thanks for help.
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Re: Peeled branches
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2017, 06:00:26 PM »
I would guess porcupine if it was in my area.

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Re: Peeled branches
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2017, 08:57:57 PM »
That was my thought but the branches are too small to hold one up. Must be some small rodent . I know I know the snow got so deep the porkeys could stand on the snow and chew on them .
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Re: Peeled branches
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2017, 10:43:47 PM »
I thought porcupine as well but the branches could never support their weight.

what about this?  http://icwdm.org/wildlife/Squirrels/barkstripping.asp


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Re: Peeled branches
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2017, 11:05:15 PM »
I can't see your peeled branches in the picture well enough to tell if they're dead or alive.  I see peeled branches from tulips trees quite a bit, here.  But these are dead branches, and it's the wind.  Incredibly, they make enough contact with other branches to get peeled almost perfect and complete.

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Re: Peeled branches
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2017, 11:36:14 PM »
Do you have a lot of squirrels in the yard? They do that here to small limbs.
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Re: Peeled branches
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2017, 07:31:39 AM »
the branches were alive a few days ago.  We do have an abundance of squirrels.  They are a real nuisance around here.  They managed to get into my attic this year.  They are in the barn.  They are everywhere. 

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Re: Peeled branches
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2017, 07:40:37 AM »
My vote is squirrels
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Re: Peeled branches
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2017, 03:09:51 PM »
Yes to squirrel activity. They will also nip tree leaves off at their stems later in the season.
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Re: Peeled branches
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2017, 06:14:46 AM »
Thanks everybody!

I'm going to set some traps and go squirrel hunting this weekend and see what I get.

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Re: Peeled branches
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2017, 07:09:05 AM »
Give the kids a couple of bb guns. Squirrels wont be safe for miles around.  ;D
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Re: Peeled branches
« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2017, 05:54:36 AM »
Apparently Noah is a bad shot as he hasn't caught any.  My dogs like chasing them but have not caught any either.

But it will be my turn this weekend!

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Re: Peeled branches
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2017, 09:00:08 AM »
Weekend_Sawyer, I agree with the BB gun idea.  When I was a kid squirrels were scarce as hen's teeth (old saying) because Jmoore and I kept the critters thinned out with our Daisy 880's and Crossman's.  Now they are thick as thieves (0S) and eating loquats, acorns, peaches and whatever else. 

That was also my suggestion to dealing with the invasive snakes in South Florida-give each kid a BB gun, a little training and a small bounty for each one killed.
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Re: Peeled branches
« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2017, 09:22:31 AM »
Use the dogs to your benefit.  The tree rats will be watching the dog and circling to the other side of the tree to hide...where you are waiting.
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