Posted: 23/08/2014 at 17:19
Last year, against my better judgement perhaps, I allowed my daughters to lodge a couple of horses for a few weeks in my 'orchard' which is two thirds grass and the rest fruit trees. The smaller younger trees I protected; the big old apple trees could look after themselves, but a couple of medium (up to 18' or so) pear trees were attacked and their bark almost totally stripped. I resigned myself to losing both and later that year cut both down at ground level. This year, clumps of 'suckers' have grown from each stump, showing they are not totally dead after all. Is there anything to be gained from encouraging regrowth with some pruning this winter, or do I ignore these growths and just cut it down?