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Inherited pear tree help

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 16:54

Hi bubbleworks, the fungus control we have is by Westland and is called 'plant rescue fungus control', it's for fruit , veg and flowers so you could use it in the rest of the garden if the rust spreads. Although the juniper didn't show any sign of rust we sprayed that as well just in case.

Good luck - hopefully next year will be better for all apple and pear trees.

Inherited pear tree help

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 22:11

Hi, we moved into a cottage in May 2010 which had an old pear tree, also covered in ivy. We found the main root at the base and sawed through it and pulled off what we could but it was well up all the branches. The ivy has now obviously died off on the branches and is gradually dropping off, we just keep the root under control, could kill it off I suppose. We have a juniper bush growing directly under the tree!

That first summer the tree got scab and rust badly but the fruit was delicious if marked by the black spots - the rust didn't seem to affect the fruit but all the leaves got worse as August went on. I tried to collect all the leaves and burnt them. During the winter we lightly pruned the tree and went to the local garden centre and taking advice from one of the staff bought some fungicide which we sprayed on the tree on 4 separate occasions, starting in the spring when the first leaves started to unfurl and 3 further sprays at intervals of 2 weeks. We were rewarded with a brilliant juicy harvest last year (2011)and no disease. Unfortunately pears don't store but we were giving them away to everyone we knew because they were rotting before we could use or preserve them all, and the family and neighbours couldn't take any more! I was able to collect the leaves for mulching.

Last winter we pruned the tree a bit harder, then this spring because of the wet conditions we were unable to spray on a regular basis but managed the 1st 2 sprayings. We had some black spot and rust but nothing too bad. The fruit yield was well down on last year but still delicious.

My advice would be to go to your local garden centre to ask what is on the market now to spray it with. Ours cost about £10 for 2 small bottles of concentrate two years ago but it goes a long way and we still probably have enough left to use for 4 sprayings next spring and more, weather permitting!

I'll have a look in the shed tomorrow to see what ours is called, but at the moment it's dark, raining and bedtime!


Posted: 23/09/2012 at 19:55

I planted a buddleia cutting from a pot into the garden last September. I prepared the soil well with some organic compost and made sure the roots were in as deep as I could get them. I can't remember wether I watered it or if we had enough rainfall but I made sure before it got enough moisture for a while, then before the temperature got too cold I piled more compost around the base as a mulch for the winter. I didn't cut it back at all until the spring and it rewarded me with lots of new growth and has had loads of flowering stems this summer. 


Posted: 23/08/2012 at 18:45

erm . .  . . . . why is prison called porridge? I've never known!!!

What to do with a bucket of snails!!

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 20:55

why put the salt in water - I just sprinkle salt on them and give it all a good shake. It's got to be a quicker death for the snails?

Talkback: Rose leaf rolling sawfly

Posted: 16/04/2012 at 16:26
We had a lot of these sawflies dancing in groups in the garden last spring. We didn't know what they were until many of our rose bushes were affected with leaf curl and we had to remove a lot of leaves. The bushes recovered well in the end.
This year I am armed and ready with a bug spray which is for sawfly amongst others. What it doesn't say is when you should use it. Can the bushes be sprayed to prevent the eggs being laid or should I wait until the leaves start to curl?
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