Everything You Need To Know About Your Pear Tree
Have you started taking a sudden interest in gardening and plant care? If the answer is yes, you have come to the right place. In this article, we will talk about the facts and steps that you need to know in order to plant and take care of a pear tree.
Pear trees are a must have in a gardening enthusiast’s space. The best part about growing ornamental trees is that they can be grown in any type of landscape and you don’t need to put in a lot of effort to maintain them. Some of the most popular pear varieties that are planted include Bradford, Callery, and Chanticleer. Let’s have a look at some of the ways through which you can take care of your pear tree:
Equipment Needed for Pruning
Here are the items that you will need for pruning:
- Shears (long- and short-handled)
- Waste bags
A Step by Step Guide to Pruning
Let’s have a look at all the important steps that you need to follow in order to start the pruning process:
You always start the pruning process of any tree from its base. If you want to let the tree grow, get started by clipping away the shoots because there is a chance that it may turn into multiple trunks.
After you have taken care of the base, make your way upwards. Don’t worry about the mess that you are making because you can collect all the waste right at the end.
You can cut the branches of the tree either long or short, depending on the height. The main purpose of this step is to make sure that you have trimmed the canopy of the tree while keeping the branches at least 8 to 10 inches apart.
Most of the pear trees have a thick canopy, so you need to make sure that you trim it out. This would stop the growth of fungi and bacteria and will give way to better circulation of air.
While pruning the tree, if you see any dead branches, you need to make sure that you cut them off. It is important to know that you need to keep at least one-fourth inch stub because anything shorter than that will damage the bark of the tree.
After you have completed all the five steps, you need to pick up the debris and dispose of it carefully. Make sure that you clean the tools as well because if your tree did have fungus, you don’t want it to spread to other plants.
How to Maintain the Tree
Maintain a pear tree is not a difficult task if you have favorable growth factors.
You don’t need to fertilize the tree for growth, but nitrogen-rich fertilizers will help in killing weeds.
You need to mulch in mid-spring. Spread the mulch (around 2 to 3 inches) around the tree’s trunk to make sure that the soil remains moist.
Water the tree in moderation since overwatering can lead to a number of root diseases.