Bradford Pear Trees

Tree Damage From Woodpecker

Anonymous added on January 3, 2014 | Answered

Two of my three Bradford pear trees were damaged (hundreds of holes pecked through the bark). I have put up pie tins to keep the bird(s) away, but what do I need to do to repair the tree and keep insects out of the holes. Should I fill the holes with wood filler or some sealer? Thanks

Share this Question:
Log in or sign up to help answer this question.
Check here if you would like to receive notifications every time this question is answered.
You are subscribed to receive notifications whenever this question is answered.
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on January 3, 2014

Filling in the holes can cause further damage, as it traps moisture and disease. If it is just a few holes, treat them with an insecticide and a fungicide (neem oil is nice because it is both) and let them heal over naturally. If it is more than a few holes or they are big holes (more than 1 inch), you can cover the area with hardware mesh to keep animals out.

Was this answer useful?
Looking for more?
Here are more questions about Bradford Pear Trees

You must be logged into your account to answer a question.

If you don't have an account sign up for an account now.