What could be stripping bark off my 15yr old lime tree, could it be possums

the stripping is so uniform I suspect possums but over previous years I've had no problems like this. Currently there is no fruit on the tree but last season it was a prolific fruiter

yates

15 August 2011 12:22 PM

Hi Graeme,

Possums can cause damage to lime trees as they love the young fragrant leaves. The other culprit could be white cockatoos which can cause very destructive damage by ripping and shredding bark, leaves and branches. Have you considered netting the tree this spring to protect the new growth? To help the health of the lime tree apply some Yates Seaweed Booster and then fertilise later in Spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Plant Fertiliser food. Yates has a wonderful new product available - Yates Possum Repellent Spray helps protect your precious plants by deterring possums from browsing on sprayed plants.
Features
Contains a special combination of ingredients that help reduce possums browsing on plants.
Lasts for up to 7 days or more with regular re-treatment.
Can be used on ornamental and edible plants and has only a 1 day withholding period.
The formulation was developed by Professor Lynne Selwood and is protected by a patent granted to the University of Melbourne.

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