It was planted about the same time as the one to its right, but it has been in very poor condition for about 3 years. We don't have a diagnosis. Any ideas?
Is there hope for this young maple?
I can't see anything but a silhouette of the tree. Close-up of trunk, leaves, branches, soil around trunk, etc would help. Is it still b&b?
I see holes in the trunk. Maybe a borer. The bark has peeled away and this tree is best removed.
It is definitely best to cut that tree down. Somewhere along the line it got a bug and you don't want a diseased/infested tree around your good trees.
We'd like to use it for firewood. Are there any precautions we could take to keep the bugs from leaving the cut up logs?
So just to get it straight, you want to make sure the bugs are still in the wood when you burn it? If that's the case, they'll probably be reluctant to leave as long as their food source remains, which is the dead wood.
Happy to hear this. Yes, we're content to let them chew until we burn them. They don't care if the wood is dead?
Nope, that's why they're there in the first place :)
Since they're what caused the dead wood in the first place (so I'm told above), I thought they might keep working their way out toward live wood. No? They just kill a spot and stay there?
I'm fairly certain that most boring (lol) insects only feed on dead or dying wood and that something else caused the tree to "invite" them in.
It is my understanding that Birch Borer and Pine Beetle feed on living trees and this has caused a significant impact on the forest industry in my province. I'd say remove the tree and burn it immediately before it gets your other trees.