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Hi.

 

The base of the trunk of the pear tree in our garden is spongy on one side, and the bark is falling off. The other side of the base seems fine.

 

The tree has also got a lean, in the direction of the problem, but it might've been planted that way.

 

We got a good haul of pears from it this year, and it looks healthy when it's in leaf, so not sure how bad this problem is.

 

Is anyone has any suggestions of what could be the issue, I've attached some pictures, that would be much appreciated. Thanks!IMG_20201129_144646673.thumb.jpg.8a311dd38bbb2c413e0beb3e94d5ca29.jpgIMG_20201129_144646673.thumb.jpg.8a311dd38bbb2c413e0beb3e94d5ca29.jpgIMG_20201129_144653434.thumb.jpg.9302a54d90abfef51842a875ef0b7e8c.jpg

 

 

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21 minutes ago, Pearrrrrrr said:

Hi.

 

The base of the trunk of the pear tree in our garden is spongy on one side, and the bark is falling off. The other side of the base seems fine.

 

The tree has also got a lean, in the direction of the problem, but it might've been planted that way.

 

We got a good haul of pears from it this year, and it looks healthy when it's in leaf, so not sure how bad this problem is.

 

Is anyone has any suggestions of what could be the issue, I've attached some pictures, that would be much appreciated. Thanks!IMG_20201129_144646673.thumb.jpg.8a311dd38bbb2c413e0beb3e94d5ca29.jpgIMG_20201129_144646673.thumb.jpg.8a311dd38bbb2c413e0beb3e94d5ca29.jpgIMG_20201129_144653434.thumb.jpg.9302a54d90abfef51842a875ef0b7e8c.jpg

 

 

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Khriss is right , but not yet .  What you have done in propping it is fine . I have seen fruit trees like yours , in decline , with daffodils growing out of the cavities and rotten wood still producing good amounts of fruit .  If you don't care what it looks like let it live out its days still giving you fruit , and when its no longer able to then get rid and replant . As an aside I love these old fruit tress that proudly display their long service medal . ☺️ ?

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If it's making fruit, it's working. If it makes less or none, hack it a bit. It'll either fight back or it won't.

 

How incisive is that.

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4 minutes ago, Stubby said:

Khriss is right , but not yet .  What you have done in propping it is fine . I have seen fruit trees like yours , in decline , with daffodils growing out of the cavities and rotten wood still producing good amounts of fruit .  If you don't care what it looks like let it live out its days still giving you fruit , and when its no longer able to the get rid and replant . As an aside I love these old fruit tress that proudly display their long service medal . ☺️ ?

Looks like there may be a suitable anchor in the wall behind

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28 minutes ago, openspaceman said:

Looks like there may be a suitable anchor in the wall behind

We aint  rigging it down mate !  ?  K

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56 minutes ago, Pearrrrrrr said:

Hi.

 

The base of the trunk of the pear tree in our garden is spongy on one side, and the bark is falling off. The other side of the base seems fine.

 

The tree has also got a lean, in the direction of the problem, but it might've been planted that way.

 

We got a good haul of pears from it this year, and it looks healthy when it's in leaf, so not sure how bad this problem is.

 

Is anyone has any suggestions of what could be the issue, I've attached some pictures, that would be much appreciated. Thanks!IMG_20201129_144646673.thumb.jpg.8a311dd38bbb2c413e0beb3e94d5ca29.jpgIMG_20201129_144646673.thumb.jpg.8a311dd38bbb2c413e0beb3e94d5ca29.jpgIMG_20201129_144653434.thumb.jpg.9302a54d90abfef51842a875ef0b7e8c.jpg

 

 

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The 'problem' is it's an old fruit tree - common to see them in this state as Stubby says. just tie it to the wall til it dies.

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Anyone ever removed the deadwood from a tree like this to see what happens? This pear is on it's way out and will need a replacement soon but I wonder what would happen if you used a pull knife or equivalent to remove the dead wood and allow the living wood to heal properly? With the dead, wet wood still attached it cant wall off that area so it only gets worse?

 

Obviously don't do that to this tree but has anyone ever tried it?

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Anyone ever removed the deadwood from a tree like this to see what happens? This pear is on it's way out and will need a replacement soon but I wonder what would happen if you used a pull knife or equivalent to remove the dead wood and allow the living wood to heal properly? With the dead, wet wood still attached it cant wall off that area so it only gets worse?
 
Obviously don't do that to this tree but has anyone ever tried it?
I guess the problem is the tree is old so won't really grow wound wood very fast, and the exposed heartwood area will be massive.

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That's for the input everyone, much appreciated. Glad to hear the tree's end is not imminent!

 

Hopefully we'll get a good few more years out of it, so I can get some return on the perry making kit I bought a few months back!

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