Sapsucker Damage to "Blue Fir" Tree

Asked July 20, 2018, 10:52 AM EDT

Have what I call a "blue fir" tree that appears to be dying, trunk is covered with rows of sapsucker holes. Will attach pictures. Anything I can do at this point? Or is tree too far gone?

Howard County Maryland wildlife sapsucker damage pest - other

1 Response

Sometimes a particular tree becomes a favorite feeding place for sapsuckers. The feeding holes are fairly shallow and some trees can sustain a fair amount of damage and be just fine. When the damage is extensive to the trunk, though, a tree may be weakened and become more sensitive to other problems, such as disease, pest insects, or drought. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/woodpeckers-and-sapsuckers

In your photo, it does appear that the crown of the tree is thinning out. We recommend that you consult with a certified arborist to do an assessment of the tree's overall health. You can find a certified arborist using the website of the International Society of Arboriculture: https://www.treesaregood.org/findanarborist/arboristsearch

https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/plants/how-do-you-decide-when-remove-tree

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