December 30, 2017
We recently moved to a new house located on a small lake. The lake is beautiful,
but came equipped with its own beaver. The beaver promptly devoured the new trees
we planted before we wizened up to wrapping the saplings in chicken wire. After
that the beaver left us alone for nearly a year. He returned this last week and began
gnawing on a mature Osage orange tree nearly two feet in diameter - see picture.
The tree was stripped of bark about 3/4 of the way around. Should I do something
to keep it from dying, like paint the raw wood to protect it from insects? I since
wrapped it in chicken wire.
Unfortunately tree paints or wound dressings will not do much to help the tree and will also not hinder the beaver. I would suggest making loose cages around all your trees to prevent future damage. I can tell by the rolled edge along one of the wounds that this is not the Osage orange’s first attack either. Clean up the wound by removing any frayed edges and then hope for the best. Preventing more damage is the only thing you can do now.
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