cicada damage

rober49(5 St Louis)April 30, 2012

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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ltilton

Hard to tell without seeing the damage.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 8:43AM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

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.

Scott

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 9:26AM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca)

I hate those bugs!

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 12:02PM
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