Can I help an Avocado Tree heal stripped bark?

Asked March 25, 2014, 3:49 PM EDT

Last summer I puchased a home with two large mature avocado trees that provide screening to a large portion of the house and are a great feature in the garden. I noticed the trees have some sizeable, oddly bare, stubs of old dead branches (approx 3" d.) and this spring I learned why: A number of squirrels in the area have turned out to gnaw the bark off of the remaining healthy branches, leaving bare wood exposed in areas up to 3 feet long. While I'm dreaming up protective wire wraps for the branches, is there a way to mitigate the damage already done, or are the newly gnawed branches (leaves looking wilty) already done for?

Los Angeles County California trees and shrubs tree health avocado tree horticulture

1 Response

I have provided you with some local Los Angeles area contacts and the University of California squirrel fact sheet.
Cheryl Wilen Integrated pest management (LA, Orange and San Diego counties)
(619) 694-2845 here is another squirrel stripping response response provided to another clientele.