Massive fireblight in my orchard
All my pomes are affected. I have a small hobby orchard with 9 trees and the apples were hardest hit, the pears are lightly hit.
My 19 year-old G. Delicious was covered with blossoms and nearly all are affected. I did one cover of strep a fwe weeks ago, but my poor health got in the way of any more. By the time I got back down there, the damage was done.
Does this mean I have to lop off ALL the main branches back to long stubs? Can it shrug it off? The blight is all up and down the blossoms on the branches and if I cut them, it will erase 12 years of work and care. I know I might lose it if I don't, but is there any chance? Or, just bite the bullet and saw away?
I get nothing from my orchard this year. The late freeze killed all my fruitlets and blossoms. This is a tough hobby to confront sometimes.