How can I stop my dogs from stripping our tree? And how can I save the tree?
October 16, 2004 6:43 AM Subscribe
How can I keep my dogs from pulling large strips of bark off our tree, and how can I keep said tree from dying now that it's missing much of it's bark?
posted by RustyBrooks to Pets & Animals (19 answers total)
We have a cypress tree in our back yard. It rained for like a week straight here (Dallas Texas) last week and so a) the dogs were all cooped up all week and b) the tree's bark was soft and pliant. The dogs discovered what fun it is to tear off 4 foot long strips of bark and play tug-of-war with them.
So now the tree is missing about a 2' wide by 5' long patch of bark. it's about a 20-30 year old cypress (just a guess, may be older). I'm afraid this will kill it.
Is there something I can treat the tree with to protect it's insides without the bark? Will this thing, or something else, keep the dogs away?