slit pear tree

Asked July 21, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

My pear tree, age ? 6yrs, just had a limb split.
I've sawn off the broken parts but wonder if there's something I need to do
to the open wound?
Thank you!
Susan Mathews

Van Buren County Michigan

1 Response

Not much. Make the wound as clean as possible. Research on paints and wound dressings in trees is inconsistent but general show not benefit. The tree will try to wall off the wound. A fungicide spray would not hurt and neither will the would dressings sold in upper end garden stores. If you have some interior grape latex paint on hand you can dilute it about 6 to one and cover the wound with paint.
White is best but any light color will do.