rodent problem - Knowledgebase Question

Hinsdale, MA (Zone 5B)
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Question by jasminnej
March 31, 2007
This winter my two rose bushes and my Japanese maple tree had the bark chewed off by mice(?) under the snow. My question is, will my plants die or is there something I can do to save them? The roses were just planted last year and my tree is only about 3 ft. tall with a trunk size of about 3in.

Answer from NGA
March 31, 2007
How your plants will be affected really depends upon how deeply the gnawing went. There's not much to do at this point, except to brush the soil away from the wounds (so excess moisture isn't held against the exposed wood) so they can heal. With any luck, new bark will eventually encase the damage.

To prevent damage like this again, I'd suggest mesh wire protection wrapped around the trunks of the most vulnerable trees and shrubs.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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