Originally Posted by chrisn
That tree is VERY young, maybe 20 years old. The sap sucker will do it no harm. It is actually doing a good thing as it drills the holes which drip sap which the bugs love, which the sap sucker loves to eat. No harm to the tree at all, As to the fungus, the arborist will say to thin it out lightly to let air circulate better. If he mentions topping at all, you have the wrong guy.
I have to respectfully disagree on the little redheaded crapsuckers handy work on that maple tree. The tree is a WHOLE lot more valuable to a homeowner than his little skinny feathered butt ever will be...
Any time the bark is broken where the white of the outer wood of the tree is exposed, that is a opening for possibly fungus and /or disease to get in to the tree... Add to that, who wants a tree that looks like a guy with a portable drill was testing out his bit ?
I have a rule in my yard about critters. There is 75 acres of woods behind me, the critters can live in those woods and peck and dig all they want to....
Squirrels, peckerheads and anything else that comes in my yard and destroys my trees that will cost a fortune to replace to get the same size tree, or dig up my $50.00 a bag seed/fertilized lawn that I work HARD on to maintain, are putting themselves in to my, " pest category" . jmo