Can I Restore a Neglected, Pest Infested Pear Tree?
(Niagara Falls, Canada)
I just moved into a home that has a pear tree. I was told it has been neglected, and the pears are infested with little worms. It is in blossom right now, is there anything I can do to save it. Can I use a natural pesticide on the blossoms, or wait till they are finished blossoming?
MEG: DEFINITELY FEED IT NOW... I LIKE BLOOD AND BONE FORKED INTO THE GROUND WITHIN THE DRIP LINE AND WATERED IN. WORKS WONDERS. COME SUMMER YOU'LL WANT TO PRUNE OFF DEAD BRANCHES AND ANY THAT EITHER POINT INWARDS OR IN THE SAME DIRECTION TO LEAVE JUST A FEW MAIN ONES WITH GOOD SEPARATION BETWEEN THEM. CHICKENS CAN HELP BREAK ANY PEST CYCLES THAT GO THROUGH THE SOIL E.G. FRUIT FLY. PREVENTION IS BEST SO FLY NETTING IS AN EXPENSIVE BUT EFFECTIVE OPTION. TALK TO LOCAL GARDENERS AND FARMERS TO GET A BETTER IDEA OF WHAT THE PEST IS LIKELY TO BE, THEN CHECK THIS WEBSITE AND OTHERS LIKE IT FOR MORE ORGANIC REMEDY IDEAS.