Ask the PlantMaster

LLama ate the bark off my red oak. Most up and down and around. What can I do to try and keep it from dying?

Once a tree has been girdled, there is nothing that can be done. The only saving possibility is that if the Llamas did not eat the complete cambium layer around the entire tree. This layer of cells is what is responsible for transferring water and nutrients from the roots to the stems and leaves and also for transferring the food produced by the leaves down to the roots. If some of this cambium layer has not been removed, some portion of the tree may survive. But wherever this layer has been completely removed, the limbs, stems and leaves will slowly decline and eventually die out, and the roots will eventually decline and die.

Thanks for your inquiry.

Happy Gardening!
The PlantMaster