Weeping Willow bark coming off. Pictures inside.

Cal_00June 16, 2014

Hi, I planted this Weeping Willow in my yard about 4 years ago. The first 2 years of the tree being in the ground I didn't notice much change in the size of the crown or the diameter of the trunk. That was until last year when this tree took off and nearly tripled in size. This year it has really started to grow at a quicker paste then last year but I've notice something at the base of the trunk. About a week ago I notice a small hole at the base and I checked to see if it was hollow but it wasn't. I could feel something behind the hole. As I started to feel around the area where the hole was I could feel the bark moving as I pressed firmly a around that area. Yesterday after check it again the bark was pretty much peeling off so I remove the bark that was only attached by a few strands of bark. I have included pictures of the area. My question is...is this a normal shedding process? If not, what can be causing this? I did notice some ants around that area but I'm not sure if that could cause this. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 8:23AM
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Not sure if this is relevant but this is the top.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 8:27AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

pull back the soil near the trunk ... and find out how deep the root flare is ...

how big was the transplant ...

last pic.. i see edging brick ..how close to the house is this ... i wouldnt have one closer than about 30 to 50 feet from the house

it is not normal ...

any chance its on the SE or SW face of the trunk ... where are you ???


    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 9:43AM
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Hi Ken, thanks for the reply.

- The root flare is about a 1/2 an inch below the soil.

- I bought it from Lowes 4 years ago. I believe it was in a 5 gallon pot.

- I have edging around all my trees. The Willow is planted more then 50' from my house.

- It's directly on the west side of the trunk.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 10:13AM
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Also, I'd like to add that I did see some ants climbing my willow. A few were going into barkless area. Could this be a insect/pest problem? I've never had any issues with insects in the past and I've never had to spray my plants with anything.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 10:18AM
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Willows commonly get cankers and grow over them and rinse and repeat with all sorts of problems. They usually can outgrow everything until they get old.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 12:40PM
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Thanks for the reply Ikz5ia. I kinda thought it might be a canker from the pictures of it.

I want to spray my trees with some sort of insect control spray. I planted a few costly trees this year and i really want to take every measure possible to protect them. Is there a insect spray that is sold at a big box store that someone can recommend?

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 12:54PM
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