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Jul 25, 2017 8:31 AM CST
4 years ago, I went through a lot of pains getting 3 (larger) 4" diameter crab apple trees planted on the street parkway. I just found out that they have Fire Blight... One tree has very sparse foliage... Yesterday, I also noticed that my neighbor's old 30' crab apple tree has it also. After reading and seeing videos about Fire Blight, there is no 'cure'. I don't want to tourture myself in believing that I can eradicate this problem and spend a lot of money doing so. I'm wondering if I should just cut them down (while they are still fairly small) so I can plant a 'non fruit' tree. I am not hopeful in this situation.
John Critti was recommended to me.
Thank you
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Jul 25, 2017 9:37 AM CST
They are unlikely to grow much with fire blight.
Suggest leaving them be.
After they die, will be soon enough to remove them. Usually won't take long.
Cutting the tree down causes more problems than it solves.
It's difficult to dig out the stump after the tree is gone.
Much easier to dig out the toot zone with entire tree to use as a lever.

Not toot zone, root zone...

Archimedes used to say with a big enough lever and something to prop it against, he could shift the planet out of orbit...

Just use a mattock to cut through the surface roots, and the tree should come out with a bit of rocking it back and forth... Dig more if necessary.

Much more work I if you cut it down first...

Sucks when the home owner cuts tree down, and then wants the stump dug out...

Last time that happened...
I gave up, and let them get some digging equipment in...

[Last edited by stone - Jul 25, 2017 10:25 AM (+)]
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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Jul 25, 2017 10:02 AM CST
You could keep throwing $$money$$ at the tree by spraying, and spraying but it's best to cut your losses and get rid of it. If you live in an area where they allow burning, it is best to burn the branches/leaves, etc. to prevent spreading the bacteria to other plants. If you cannot burn then put the stuff into the trash, not into the yard waste bags that become mulch.
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Jul 25, 2017 10:18 AM CST
cut them out and plant something that isn't going to have fire blight.
red buds maybe? if they grow in your area.

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