I have a 2ft diameter willow tree that has been 'attacked' by beavers. They have removed a 2-3ft swath of just the bark around the entire circumference. I have attached burlap around the entire scar, and have encircled the tree with wire fencing. What else can I do to try and ensure this beautiful tree survives?
Thanks very much Heather - that was most helpful! And the tree is a large and stately willow in a very bucolic setting and is definitely worth saving. You are correct, it has been girdled, exposing bare tree for a nearly three foot wide swath around the entire circumference. In case I cannot find a qualified arborist, the linked article you included spoke about collecting "scions" and explains in detail how to attach them. The function is pretty clear, but I cannot figure out exactly what scions are and/or how to go about collecting them (can they be branches from the tree, etc)? Not clear at all so some clarification here would be much appreciated.
You are also correct about their large territory; of the hundred or so trees near the stream that courses through the property, about 255 are actively being 'attacked' (with one 7in caliper tree having already been felled). I am busly encircling the remaining tees with wire (dam my neighbor, I say! ;-)