Oak bark growth

Asked March 12, 2018, 1:35 PM EDT

The oak tree on the waterfront is dropping bark and bits of lichen this spring -- much more than it has in the 9 years we've lived here. There were probably 100 or more small bits of bark and lichen all over the lawn this morning when I raked. Should I be concerned by the growth and the amount of it that is dropping this year? Thank you for your advice. (Feel free to share it if you haven't answered that question recently)

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

The bark that is dropping may be due to squirrels. We recommend monitoring the tree this growing season and see how it looks once it puts out its foliage. Look for new shoot growth, good color, etc. If the tree does not look healthy, you may want to contact a certified arborist for an onsite evaluation regarding the health of the tree and the best way to proceed http://www.treesaregood.org/