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Re: Squirrels destroying my Cedar - Help Squirrels do like to chew on wood. They regularly chew the bottom of wooden garage doors. I don't know why, but the new metal door stopped it.
The guy who removes trees for a living can tell in a heartbeat if the tree is damaged from squirrels, if has been attacked by an insect, if it has other issues, and if it can be saved. I managed to save an old elm that not diseased, an ancient male mulberry with an enormous canopy, and a fir that was in danger of falling onto a neighbors building. Over the years I paid for a lot of crowning and controlled growth. It was good advice as the trees are still standing and healthy with new growth every year. The crowned fir will grow taller but it does have new growth.
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