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Apple Tree #119514

Asked April 01, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

The apple tree in our front yard has been ringed under the snow.  The tree has a diameter of about six inches.  The bark has been chewed off for eight inches from the bottom.  -  Is there anything that can be done to save this tree?  And if so, what is it that must be done to keep the sap flowing upward?
Werner W. Schulze

Hennepin County Minnesota

Expert Response

I am sorry to tell you this but there really isn't any way to repair that damage.  If the tree has indeed been girdled (the bark chewed off all or most of the way around) you tree has lost its ability to receive nourishment.  It may leaf out and even bloom this year but that will be use of its reserves.  To protect future trees from voles or rabbits please read our publication on this topic: http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/DG1411.html

Barbara Harlan Replied April 01, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

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