you know anything about helping trees after they have been attacked
by termites or carpenter ants? We have a beautiful three
trunked tulip poplar that is in pretty bad shape. We think we
have all the critters gone but the tree is hurting. The bark
at the ground level is chewed up pretty good. I suggested that
we get some wound dressing or tree tape but Jan doesn't think that
will help. People say that termites do not get into live wood.
Well, people are wrong. We have used some 13-13-13 around the
tree and mulched it with gin trash but it is already dropping its
Answer: We have 5 poplar tulip
trees, and they are beautiful. The flowers are wonderful when they
are in full bloom.
If the bark of the trees are not eaten over 1/2 way around the tree,
there is a chance it can be saved. Wound dressing is the way to go
and get in on ASAP. If the bark is eaten over 1/2 way around,
unfortunately the tree will probably die back. We had one that
died 2 years ago, and in the spring it sprouted again from the roots.
I put a stake beside it, but father-in-law did not see it, and mowed it
down. It is now sprouting again and I hope it survives this time.
They are hearty trees and will come back from the roots if the roots are
not damaged. Fertilize it, and water it regularly. Do not
let the ground dry out around it. Do not soak it, but keep it
moist. It should do just fine.