Trees and Shrubs forum: Bradford Pear Tree has Ant Issues (Need Help)

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Hamwild
Aug 3, 2017 7:27 AM CST
Hi folks, I tip my hat to you.

We purchased a house back in March and the previous owners pruned back the Bradford Pear tree located on the property. I just noticed the other day that ants moving in where one of the branches had been cut back to the trunk of the tree.

I would like to know, is there a way I can "seal" up this "hole"? It's rather large and I'm not only concerned about the ants, but I'm concerned about water getting in there. I don't know how long it's been there, but this is the first time I've noticed ants going inside. To me, it doesn't look like it healed right.

Thank You!

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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Aug 12, 2017 3:42 PM CST
Bradford pears tend to be short lived and do not improve in appearance with age. That scar looks to be healing better than most in my experience with these trees. I don't think "sealing" pruning cuts is recommended any more, and I don't know whether there is anything you can do to improve the health of your tree. Hopefully someone more optimistic will come along with better advice.
Porkpal
Georgia (Zone 8a)
Region: Georgia Dog Lover Houseplants Annuals Birds
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Hamwild
Aug 12, 2017 7:17 PM CST
Thank You! I tip my hat to you.

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