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Old 07-17-2015, 10:03 AM   #1
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Is it normal that my pear tree is just dropping pears like it's raining? It's done this for as long as I can remember and the pears have always been tiny and all unappealing. And frankly, I'm tired of having to pick them up every week (there's just so many) to avoid them turning into a puree on the grass and attracting wasps.
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The pears look like they had insects in them. The tree will drop them to keep its energy going to healthy fruit. I'm have the same issue with a plum tree.

If you want to eat the pears, you'll have to spray them in the spring to kill the insects.
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Our pear tree has just started dropping. It does look like you have bugs in yours but they do drop for what seems like all the time.

I hate our pear tree... I can't wait for the two trees I planted to get bigger so I can cut this thing down. I cut the peach tree down as soon as we moved in.

There is a spray you can spray the tree with that stops it from producing fruit for that year. I believe it has to be done before it has started to product fruit. I have a bottle sitting in the garage with all intent on using it. But No I just pick up the pears every few days.

The wasps and bee's are terrible with them we have a squirrel that compounds the problem, oh and our two dogs that eat them also.
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The pears look like they had insects in them. The tree will drop them to keep its energy going to healthy fruit. I'm have the same issue with a plum tree.

If you want to eat the pears, you'll have to spray them in the spring to kill the insects.

I'm not at all concerned about eating the pears, if it were up to me I'd remove the damn tree. I just don't want them falling all over the grass then rotting.
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Our pear tree has just started dropping. It does look like you have bugs in yours but they do drop for what seems like all the time.

I hate our pear tree... I can't wait for the two trees I planted to get bigger so I can cut this thing down. I cut the peach tree down as soon as we moved in.

There is a spray you can spray the tree with that stops it from producing fruit for that year. I believe it has to be done before it has started to product fruit. I have a bottle sitting in the garage with all intent on using it. But No I just pick up the pears every few days.

The wasps and bee's are terrible with them we have a squirrel that compounds the problem, oh and our two dogs that eat them also.

Glad to see I'm not the only one with this issue.
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Glad to see I'm not the only one with this issue.
Just wait till October, you will be wondering how this stupid tree has any fruit left after dropping for 3 months. I really hate this tree. Only bright side is it is fairly neat looking in the spring, then you start counting all the flowers and realize those are just pears.

I'll enjoy burning this wood in a campfire when the time comes.
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When will that time come?
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When the white Elm and Catalpa get a whole lot bigger. We just planted them last year.

I'm going to finally spray the pear tree next year before it blooms. Hopefully it does work, even if it cuts the fruiting by half that would be an improvement.

I havent done it so far because most of my neighbors love the tree, they just don't seem to take enough...
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If you can remember to keep me posted how that spray works out, I'd appreciate it. If it works for you I might consider it too.
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Will do, it will be next year obviously.
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Just spent 30 min picking up pears off the grass and tossing them into my garbage can. I filled the entire thing up. Weighs a ton. I must have picked up 300 pears. And there's still more on the tree to fall soon.

How do you dispose of that many fruit?

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I don't like cutting trees but this one needs to go. If a fruit tree doesn't produce useable fruit then it's gone particularly if it produces lots of fruit. . I would compost as much as I could. That winter however the chainsaw comes out and the problem goes away. I plant some other flowering tree and on that either produces edible fruit or no fruit. Might be interest to cut chunks and throw in the smoker with chicken or fish .
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The tree provides shade/privacy so we can't get rid of it.
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Just spent 30 min picking up pears off the grass and tossing them into my garbage can. I filled the entire thing up. Weighs a ton. I must have picked up 300 pears. And there's still more on the tree to fall soon.

How do you dispose of that many fruit?
We will clean it up every couple of days. We try not to let it build up much.
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That was one windy day! LOL

I've been picking them up every 2-3 days otherwise.

I swear the night before there was none. A day later, I see about 300 on the grass.

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