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Silver Maples

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Question: 997-3413
We have some cracks in our silver maples. They were planted two years ago. There is some rot under the cracks. There are little holes in the bark as well. What could it be? Jan, East Greenwich, RI

Mort's Answer:
People love silver maples because they are native but they are not what they are cracked up to be. Earwigs will get into bark near the soil line. If they girdle the trees, they will kill them. In the woods they may survive because they re-seed themselves. Unfortunately, specimens have to be protected from the ravages of unprotected incursions. Holes are a sign of ants looking for the earwig eggs. This is not enough to save the trees. You need to spray and perform some tree surgery to keep them at bay. Horticulture needs intervention by us for us.

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