Can anyone identify what is going on with my peach trees?
I posted briefly on this last year and didn't get any conclusive information. I'm trying again wondering if early season photographic evidence makes what is occurring with my peach trees easier to identify.
I have 3 peach trees in my backyard, where they were located when I bought this Boston area property nearly 4 years ago.
My first summer season provided beautiful peaches. The second and third have been awful. The peaches when maturing develop a clear 'puss' that oozes from the peach rendering them unattractive but not inedible.
I was told that most likely my trees suffered from peach leaf curl or some other fungus that would be resolved with a treatment or two of copper fungicide. For the past 2 springs and one autumn we have applied a generous spray of copper fungicide according to the instructions provided by our local garden center and the product container. Last summer we also plucked most of the curled leaves.
It's now early Spring and the first buds are starting to appear. I have attached several photos of what the trunks look like. I'm not sure if this is a clue but I am guessing it has to be because while I'm not a green thumb, I've never seen trees whose trunks look like this.
Does anyone have any advice, ideas...direction for me to look into?
Thanks a million in advance,