Arborvitae loosing top branches only.

Asked May 29, 2017, 6:05 AM EDT

Anyone have an idea what is doing this to our arborvitae? Its been happening over a week every day a few more branches. Not sure if its a bird or squirrels or what. branches still green when they are laying on ground.

Macomb County Michigan

1 Response

It is most likely squirrel damage. You may be able to discourage them by using a taste repellant such as Capsaicin (comes from red pepper) or another such product that you should be able to purchase at a local garden center. More information about squirrel damage to arborvitae can be found at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/askextension/thisQuestion.cfm?ThreadID=12483&catID=219&Ask...