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Branch broke off peach tree while pruning

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  1. Treeguy08

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    Hello

    I am new to the forum and need some help with my peach tree please. I was pruning our mature peach tree today. I went to remove a dead branch from the tree but forgot to undercut and the branch spilt leaving a hole in the tree. The wood seemed have been rotting as it spilt real easy. Upon inspection the wood had a blue tint to it in spots. Anyways I would like help and advice on how to repair the hole left in my tree. I've heard tree repair kits do more harm than good. Do I have a tree that's going to die now or will it recover if I just leave it alone and keep it dry. It's real sunny already here where I live

    Thanks in advance for the help guys and gals
     

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    It is already compartmentalizing where the dead limb was. You can use a chisel and hammer to flatten the rough wood of the break, if your saw wont do it cleanly.
    Use a sharp tool, and be careful not to overshoot and injure the surrounding tissue. Otherwise just leave it alone. It will heal in time.
     
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    Thank you for your quick reply. I went out to do what you said and there was alot of wood that just flaked off of the wounded area like it was rotting??
    Anyways heres the finished job after I cleaned the wound. What do you think?

    Now it's time to let nature take its course? And should I be worried that the wood just flaked away like it was rotting.
     

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    Yep. Probably the best you're gonna get. Has some dry rot. Typical of fruit trees. I've seen way worse that lived for 10+ years and fruited well. Keep an eye on it. Try not to pick at it, you don't want to make it into a cavity. (Harbors insects, holds moisture)
     
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    Urghhh...so I went outside to look closer at the cavity and noticed a few termite larvae crawling around!! This is probably why alot of the wood is rooting and dying so fast!?! What's the best method to get ride of termites from a fruit tree. Finish pruning all the dead wood off and then using a pesticide?? Like I said this is all new to me, any help or advice would be further appreciated. Thanks again
     
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    Sorry, I don't ever have to deal with termites up this far. Capture what you can and make sure you have a positive identification before settling on a treatment regime.
     

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