Bradford pears... the scourge of the tree world

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grasswhacker, Oct 17, 2004.

  1. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,873

    I cannot tell you how many times I would like to ban these trees.
    They have a high rate of splitting in storms or gusts of wind. They are producing these tiny pears in abundance leaving a mess all over the place.
    And they are the last tree to drop their leaves in the fall causing cleanups into mid to late Dec. Last year the leaves held on until Christmas and I was not able to do some cleanups until 12/31!!!!!!!!!!
    I even dropped customers that have more than 1 bradford pear in their lawn due to the pain they have become.
    Does anyone else hate these trees? Another one I cannot stand is the pin oak.
    Just venting this morning since I am sick and cannot go to church.
  2. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,449

    the city plants those here all the time as curb trees. its a blessing compared to the maple and sycamores they used to plant, causing the sidewalks to raise up, and root systems to take over front lawns making it a pain in the butt to keep watered. And they flower. hey, atleast it gives you work in to the december, that's the way i look at it.
  3. JustMowIt

    JustMowIt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 367

    Yes, I agree, they grow straight up, hard to trim to make look right & have a short life. But, they are cheap & the builders here in Dallas put them on many new homes right up against the foundation!
  4. Liberty Lawncare

    Liberty Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    I also hate bradfords and messy pin oaks. The bradfords flowers smell real bad IMO.
  5. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,873

    Buy Dec.10 I really want to be done and my equipment winterized and put to bed for a long winters nap.
  6. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,873

    I also have seen them as a foundation plant. They look nice when they are about 8' tall but in 3 years they are a hazard and nusiance in those locations.
  7. NC LawnScapes

    NC LawnScapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Bradfords are a tree mans dream comeon now think about it

    They break in every strome we have weather it is ICE or WIND

    as far as making little bradford everywhere that is a new one on me


    but I have seen litls seedling growing out of a stump where one has ben cut to the ground. You do have to GRIND THOSE STUMPS
  8. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    we maintain one condo complex that decided to plant hundreds of them. i swear every other day i have a message to go cut one up cause it fell against a building or a road. last thunderstorm we had a few months back they lost 6 of them. they all seem to split right down the middle and they are going fast.
  9. Greenservice

    Greenservice LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    I'm with you, Grasswhacker. I hate having to go to a property after a couple of snowfalls and try to rake up frozen Bradford leaves from the lawn and beds. I usually end up cleaning off the grass as best I can and leaving the leaves in the mulch beds until Spring.

    Bradfords are called 'urban tolerant' because they can handle a lot more dust and pollution than most other trees. Most towns that plant them don't realize that they have to be pruned constantly to prevent them from getting top heavy and splitting. I think that Pin Oaks were used more in urban areas before Bradfords became popular. One thing that makes Pin Oaks such a pain is that the lowest branches point downward at an angle and they always snag you when you go under them.
  10. exmarkjockey

    exmarkjockey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    Bradfords are a pain but like someone else said they create work when they split. Last winter I cut up 12 in one neighborhood after a heavy snow. Oh, if you hate pin oaks, don't come to my house because I have 6 in my yard and the leaf clean-up sucks(no pun intended) :rolleyes:

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