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cicada damage

Posted by rober49 mo (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 30, 12 at 20:50

it was just my luck that after planting 10 new semi-dwarf fruit trees last year that we had a 13 year cycle of the smaller red eyed cicadas. they dug their trenches into the bottoms of branches to lay their eggs greatly weakening them. this year there are a lot of weakened branches. some are oozing goo & sap. will these trees ever recover? if i prune back the damage there won't be much left other than the main trunks. at 60 years i'd like to harvest fruit from my trees before i croak. is a major pruning practical or should i just cut my losses & replace them. the cicadas killed 2 japanese acers i planted at the same time.

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RE: cicada damage

Hard to tell without seeing the damage.

RE: cicada damage

I had the same thing happen in a 17-year cycle here back in 03 or 04. Over a hundred new trees all chewed up. I would prune out all the damaged wood, even if that means there is only a trunk and a couple stubs left. Overall it will set you back a year but look on the bright side the trees are alive and their rootstocks continue to develop.


RE: cicada damage

I hate those bugs!

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