Monday, February 1, 2016

Repairing a Split Bradford Pear Tree

Our bradford pear tree has a split in it.  We've learned that this is common for this type of tree - especially after an ice or wind storm.  After talking with an expert at a local nursery, Harder & Warner, Mark decided to try his hand at tree surgery.  He was super bummed the tree was snapping apart and he is hoping this is the fix!

Here's the result.  Yes, I put the chickens on the branches - they don't fly that well.


Apparently it's rather common for pear trees to split and it is possible to mend them by either attaching cables around the branches and trunk, or, like what Mark did, drilling through the trunk and bolting it together.

 





Bradford Pear trees have the propensity to split apart.  A good explanation of why is here:
http://www.gfc.state.ga.us/community-forests/ask-the-arborist/SalvagingtheBradfordPear.pdf
and here:
http://centraltexastreecare.com/why-do-bradford-pears-split/

For a discussion on bolting a cracked/split tree together:
http://ffxtreestewards.org/2013/12/25/winter-damage-prevention-and-repair/

This whole process reminds me of the movie Frankenweenie Weenie - about a pet dog who died and the little boy patched him back together (it worked in the movie at least for a little while).  As someone who recently lost their small little dog, I HATED that movie!  Did you see it?  If so, what did you think?

Frankenweenie

Rated: PG
Release Date: October 5, 2012
When a car hits young Victor's pet dog Sparky, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked "monster" wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor's neighbors, he has to convince them that Sparky's still the good, loyal friend he was.

3 comments:

Fearless Farmgirl said...

Hi Cindy; I love the chickens in the tree! What a hoot. Have a good day!

CountryCityCindy said...

An interesting article about this tree:
The Ups and Downs of the Bradford Pear http://nyti.ms/1Mhfdbf

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I have been going back through your posts. Something is weird because I usually always read your blog and try to comment. I've been missing these posts. Didn't want you to think I am not interested in what you post.

Though I live in a somewhat rural area, I have to admit that I have NEVER seen chickens sitting in a tree. COOL!!

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