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Is my tree dead?

Hello,

My olive tree has had a rough time, its bark was being peeled off by the neighborhood cats, while I was out the country for work, and now it is infested with ants, I think they set base within the tree (see second last attached photo). Looks like it was massacred :-(

I put chicken wire around the tree to protect it from the cats.

Any idea what's wrong with this tree? Can she keep going?

Please help.
Thanks in advance, much appreciated


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Re: Is my tree dead?

Your tree does not look dead. You will know - it is spring, it should be putting out new growth.

You do want to protect the bark and ants getting into it is not a good sign. I would spray the bark, especially the wounded areas, with peppermint oil or peppermint extract in water. Peppermint is a good repellant for ants. Then put a barrier on the soil around the tree of some kind of powdery stuff - flour, talc, etc - at leas 1/4" deep for a few inches. That will help keep them from coming back. Ants don't like to cross powdery stuff, it clogs their spiracles.
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