My new pear tree that I was espaliering ive noticed that I have ring barked it on the main stem ive tried to remove all the wire around, it will it be ok? What else can I do? ?
14 May 2015 03:40 AM
Ring barking can mean the end for a tree if the tree has been fully girdled with phloem, cambial and xylem tissue removed. First thing you should do is inspect the tree closely as the tree will survival with as little as 10% of the vascular tissue intact. If you have fully removed the vascular tissue all around the trunk then the only other options are to try and replace the bark back into its original position and tie it in place or use a bridge graft to bridge over the damaged area. Grafts of this type are difficult to achieve successfully so it is best to try and replace the bark if possible otherwise you just need to support the tree by ensuring it has plenty of water and hope it can recover. You can also try applying Yates Dynamic Lifter Liquid Concentrate. It's a organically certified fertiliser, which contains seaweed, blood&bone and fish meal to help developing new roots and restoring healthy growth.