Permaculture forum: Sap on trunk of peach tree

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TomNJ
Jun 27, 2012 6:00 PM CST
I posted this on the Tree and Shrub forum, but no one replied.

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: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jun 27, 2012 6:29 PM CST

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Hi Tom, it sounds like you have Peach Tree Borers which are a really bad pest to have. Sorry to be the bearer of that bad news. Sad I don't know of a natural control for this pest, but as your guild matures I should think many of the herbs will have repellent properties. A quick Google search shows that garlic planted around the peach tree will repel borers. That makes good sense to me and I always grow garlic around all my fruits.
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TomNJ
Jun 27, 2012 7:04 PM CST
Will it kill my tree, Dave? So far, the tree looks healthy.

Thanks for the garlic tip.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jun 27, 2012 7:19 PM CST

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I honestly don't know, Tom. I've never dealt with them before. They surely can't be good for it.
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TomNJ
Jun 27, 2012 7:31 PM CST
Well, it's all part of learning. Thank you.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Jun 27, 2012 7:52 PM CST

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I tip my hat to you.

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