Recently we’ve noticed Bradford Pear trees around Concord and Charlotte looking less than healthy. If you’ve noticed ends of Bradford limbs dying off and/ or if the flowers on your Bradford Pear have turned black, your tree could be suffering from Fire Blight.
Fire blight is a bacterial disease that typically attacks trees and bushes in the rose family. However, if caught in time can be treated. Here at Carolina Tree Care, we handle fire blight by first locating the issue. Once the issue has been located, affected branches are pruned. Pruning eliminates possible spread of fire blight bacteria.
Our Top 3 Tips To Combat Fire Blight In Bradford Pear Trees
- Be Proactive: If your Bradford Pear tree continues to show signs of fire blight year after year, be proactive in your treatment approach. Schedule an arborist consultation and discuss a possible treatment options.
- Avoid Fertilizer: Fertilizing your tree or shrub can help fire blight spread, worsening the issue.
- Do Not Use A Fungicide: Since bacteria is the root cause of fire blight, using a fungicide will not work as an effective treatment. We recommend the use of bactericide for treatment of fire blight.