peach tree borer, canker, or fungus?
Hello fellow fruit fanatics!
I have recently inherited two mature peach trees that my uncle planted around 10+ years ago. They have always been healthy and abundant.
After a long two year battle with COPD my aunt passed away and left the house/trees to me. Since I had been living with her for the last two years I am familiar with the trees but have only picked the fruit and cleared the fallen - I don't think they have been sprayed or pruned more than once in the last two years.
Anywhoooo this year they are both gorgeous and have plenty of peaches on them.
however the bark is covered with this clear and or amber gelatin like substance.
I have looked at a ton of photos of the borers sap but still not sure if this is a borer or a canker or a fungus. I can't see any worms or holes and the entire tree has this jelly on it an it also has this moss / fungus on it.
I believe the fungus / moss has been on there for a few years at least but I am pretty sure the jelly is new.
The only thing I have done different this year from the last two years was place grass clippings around the base of the trees in hopes of making the fallen fruit easier to pick up (splatted peaches are not easy to pick out of grass!)
I would really love to save these trees because they were a part of my aunt and uncle and I am pretty fed up with death at the moment.
Thanks for any insight - if you need additional photos just let me know. My camera died so I am stuck taking photos with my cell phone. :(