A tenant attached a bird feeder to our Norway maple with two to five nails. Should I remove them immediately? How should I treat the nail holes? Or is it better to leave it alone? The tree is in otherwise good health and is at least 30 years old. I was planning on having some pruning done this fall.

Nails are generally not the best type of fastener for attaching a bird feeder to the Norway Maple tree. We have numerous types of arborist grade hardware that can be used in trees to secure bird feeders, bird houses, and other objects. We should examine the Norway Maple together for its pruning requirements. We can also make a better determination with the proper hardware to use for the bird feeder. During the interim, no particular harm will come to the tree from the nails.

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