How do I harvest pears?
I have a 50 year old pear tree in my rear yard. Every year 4-5 bushels of pears are produced by this tree. The pears are hard. The pears are larger than a fist. The pears start to drop around mid September.
Sometimes but not often a branch may break.
Not knowing how to harvest these pears, I have tilled the entire fruit production into my vegetable garden. What a waste!
What should I do to harvest these pears for consumption. Should I prune the tree? Reduce the amount of fruit? When is the best time to harvest? Should I spray with something during the growing season.
I don't even know what kind of pear it is. I did start a new tree from seed. Its about 4 years old now.