Asked February 26, 2021, 5:28 PM EST
Hello, I have a linden tree in my front yard and over the past few years i've noticed that a number of branches have been completely stripped of bark. these branches are healthy up to a point, then they are stripped to the tip of the branch.
In past years i've had issues with aphids, to the extent that the car I park under the tree had been coated with honeydew. The wasps loved the honeydew, but unfortunately I'm allergic to wasps. With a suggestion I receive here, last year & the year before i've brought ladybugs to dine on the aphids & the leaves seem a bit more healthy. AND my yard has fewer wasps. :)
All good, but now this issue with stripped branches. i have attached some pics. any ideas? I do have lots of squirrels... would they cause this issue? the squirrels are rather brazen, regularly even eating my christmas lights. thanks you for any suggestions.
Hennepin County Minnesota