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Old 08-03-2013, 05:34 PM   #1
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Tree troubles

I have a strange little tree that came up volunter about 10 years ago and my Mom transplanted it into my yard. I had to move in with mom 2 yrs ago to help her after she had a stroke and so I rented my house. Renters moved out (never watered ANYTHING) and when I went to check on the trees and do some watering I noticed my tree has what looks like termite trails. The bark is coming off and there are little holes in the trunk under the loose bark. I hate to lose the tree. It is the only shade in that part of the yard. I think my mom said the tree was a box elder. How do I treat this? Can't afford an arborist since one would have to come from San Antonio!
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Try posting some pictures of the tree and the leaves.
Termites only eat dead wood.
What do you mean by "trails". Some termites make mud tunnels to get from one place to another.
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We need a picture of the damage and the tree itself----some damage can be cured---other times the tree is a goner ---

Box elders are not a very valuable tree, Let's get it identified before you hire help .
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As mentioned, if it really is a box elder, you don't want it anyway. If the bark is coming off and there are holes( borers), it is most likely on it's way out.
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