Help! My Catalpa got savaged by a woodpecker!
Late in winter, one of my large 25-yr-old catalpas was attacked by a pileated woodpecker. At first I thought it was hollowing out a nest, but then it drilled more and more large cavities in the tree.
I assume now, that it was looking for food in the core.
After 8 or 9 large cavities were chopped in, (big enough to fit a football in) the Pileated went elsewhere leaving me with almost a hollow tree. The bark is mostly all there, but Im worried that the tree might blow over in a strong wind.
I used to park my car under it in the summer, for shade, but I wouldn't dare do this now!
I've sprayed a few of the larger holes with Tree-tar, but how can I strengthen the core of this tree? Would concrete be OK? A friend patched his catalpa with concrete 15 years ago and now the tree is bigger than ever!