Small Oak tree trunk gnawed and now scarred.
Shorty after I planted a small oak tree, the trunk was probably no bigger around than a quarter at the time, well some animal came along and gnawed on the trunk/bark of it. Fast forward a couple years now and the gnaw spot is now a gaping scar and the inside of the trunk is exposed about an inch wide and a few inches long. I'm going to assume this tree is history and I need to try again with a new tree. I just wanted to get conformation on my suspicions before I dig it up and replant. Is there no hope for it? It's in a very crucial spot too that I really need a tree and wouldn't you know it, all the other trees I planted are just fine and the animals didn't bother those.