Trees and Shrubs forum: Sap on trunk of peach tree

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(Zone 6a)
Jun 22, 2012 4:10 PM CST
So, I have a peach tree guild and today I was laying a soaker hose around it. I haven't been up close to the tree in some time, as I don't care to step in the guild too much. Anyway, when I laid the hose around the base of the tree I noticed that it had several globs of sap oozing out of the trunk. Maybe four or five different spots with globs about the size of a nickle in diameter. The tree is young yet, about 8' tall. The sap was coming out three to six inches up the trunk.

Should I do anything?
Name: Tom Cagle
SE-OH (Zone 6a)
Old, fat, and gardening in OH
Sep 13, 2012 11:41 AM CST
Sounds like borer. Pick the choice you can live with:

1. Spray as your county extension recomends.

2. Maintain a steady supply of replacement trees as they decline.

For me, even rigid obedience to a spray schedule don't always keep up with the vile pests.
Name: Arif Masud
Alpha Centauri (Zone 9a)
Native Plants and Wildflowers I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Container Gardener Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Enjoys or suffers hot summers Multi-Region Gardener
Dec 30, 2012 6:55 AM CST
Are you sure it is sap and not just gum? If it is gum then it is food quality and used as a binder in bakery items, pharmaceuticals, etc.

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