Hilary
Medium_p1060631 My cats have destroyed bark on iceberg rose old trunk. Is there any way of repairing the damage?

The trunk is quite thick and old and because the rose is bent over it is on the perfect angle for a cat to use it as a scratching post. They have destroyed the bark ripping it to shreds and ripping it off altogether. What should I do?

Submitted: 05:56PM, 27 Aug 2017
Answer: Hi Hilary,

Thank you for contacting Yates.

From the photo provided, the damage looks severe and may affect the rose plant. We would recommend placing a chicken wire fence around the truck as close as possible so that it is not accessible to the cat. You may also want to consider applying Yates Anti Rot as a preventative spray. It is a systemic fungicide which is absorbed by the foliage and travels down to the roots, can be used on various plants to control phytophthora root rot, crown rot and collar rot. You can find more information at http://www.yates.com.au/products/disease-control/concentrates/yates-anti-rot/

Hope this information is helpful, if you have further queries do let us know.

All the very best!

Kind regards,

Eric
Yates Horticulturalist

Category: Roses
Tags: cat damage, roses
Answered: 10:40AM, 28 Aug 2017

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