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What could be boring into this tree?

Hello-I think this problem has come up before but I couldn’t find the thread-wish I’d paid attention now! It looks as though something is boring a hole at the base of one of my trees:

There is a small pile of shavings On the ground. I noticed it last year too but hoped it would go away. Does anyone know what it could be?

thanks

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    What kind of tree is it?  Borers tend to be specific and each species go for just a few types of tree.  If you search the forum for 'borer', there are a few threads which may help. :)
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thanks bob the gardener-afraid I don’t know what the tree is, it has unremarkable foliage and some catkin-type things just coming out:
    Will give the forum a search...
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    Looks like a willow, so maybe this?
    https://www.cabi.org/isc/datasheet/16433

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Yikes! Ok, not sure there’s much I can do as it seems to be happening right at the base.  It’s a large tree so hopefully it can handle a bit of bore-ing!
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    Yep, I also wouldn't worry on a large tree.  :)  It's when it happens to young one that the damage can be significant.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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