Tree damage from porcupine

Asked March 31, 2019, 5:16 PM EDT

We have had a porcupine in an Austrian Pine tree. He has stripped the bark significantly from the trunk. What can we do to protect the tree trunk that has been stripped?

Douglas County Colorado

1 Response

Hi,
Thanks for your question. While I couldn't find anything about porcupine damage, I did find some info about deer damage on the trunk of a tree. This info comes out Canada.gov
"Wrapping trunks of trees with burlap or sisal kraft paper will prevent deer damage as well as protect the tree from sunscald. This will prevent deer from girdling the main trunk of the tree but will not stop them from eating the branches."

You can usually find tree wrap materials at a garden center.

Below is the link to the website I found the above quote/info from
http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/science-and-innovation/agricultural-practices/agroforestry/diseases-and-pests/protecting-trees-from-animal-damage/?id=1198877618448