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Peach tree borers

 
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I find starting peaches from seed relatively easy compared to the maintenance it takes to keep the tree and peaches themselves at least somewhat free from pests.
https://permies.com/t/23607/Propagating-Blood-cling-Peaches
I would love to hear how others are preventing peach tree borer damage especially as this has pretty much done in my oldest trees and irreversable damage to some younger ones. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synanthedon_exitiosa
I think, because the trees are so easy to grow from pits I maxed out the number I can grow without attracting an abundance of borers?

Curculio I had managed to prevent by routine knocking the tree beginning at bloom...it really does work but I missed a few years and the last crop had big beautiful peaches riddled with damage...they at least don't kill the tree.

The variety I grow doesn't get leaf curl...really it's the peach tree borers that challenge me to frustration.

I lapsed in my bark scraping and poking wire in borer tunnels...tried ashes around the base and I think that helped for years but did not prevent.
Seems I remember one year I used tanglefoot on yellow cardstock hung in the trees and had fewer curculio and also caught adult borers.

So, all of you peach propagators ...I'd love to hear what you do to prevent this pest?

(Other than give up )

 
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Just in case the answer is floating around out there?
 
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I like the idea of sticky boards. this might be my first year getting peaches on my new trees. time will tell.
so far I have done nothing to the trees except let them grow and cut the grass from underneath them two years ago. I have three cherrie trees that just blossomed last week and there has been and should not be any chance of frost to wipe out the fruit setting.
fingers and toes crossed.
 
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Thanks for the input Bruce!

I think it takes a number of years for the borers to build up a population that can devastate the tree and I believe I overplanted peaches because they are so easy to grow from seed and that played a part in attracting even more borers.

And I slacked off monitoring over the winter.  
I don't believe they are a fruit one can grow without some maintanance?
 
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I only grow peach tree for a few years and haven't experienced any borer yet. But from now on I will keep an eye on the tree for any signs of sickness to catch at an early stage. I have guild around the tree trunk, do you think it's better off clearing the vegetations to exposed the trunk for easy inspection or the plants, or leave them on to hide the trunk from possible pests?

Recently I found borers doing lots of damages to my elderberries and fig tree. I might lose the 4 year old hardy Chicago fig (already propagated some cuttings). Borers are very vicious. I wish I learned more about tree pests and have done something in the past winter.
 
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May,
I didn't know borers were a problem with figs and elderberries!
I grow both and have for years with no signs of that kind of damage.
Since the borers seem to be specific to the crop maybe we all don't have all of them lurking

I thought the wood ashes I piled at the base of the peaches was detering them but the larva that enters the tree from the soil moved through that barrier apparently and  have practically girdled  six to eight inch tree trunks at the base...if they are caught early, (watch for a gell oozing at the base of the tree trunk)...there is some hope of limiting the damage by inserting a flexable wire into the tunnel until you are able to squish the invader.

I think I'm going to try tanglefoot on a yellow card again....

It's always been the older trees that are damaged...the young ones that are only a few years old don't seem to attract them?  Maybe when they begin to bloom well?
 
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