Fruit Bearing Trees

Asked September 17, 2014, 12:06 PM EDT

I live in a community where the original landscaper planted a number of fruit bearing trees, i.e., crabapple, plum & cherry. They really make a mess in and amongst all of our landscaping & the children that live in this community love to pull the fruit from the trees and then leave it half eaten on our sidewalks for the maintenance crew to clean up.

My question is: In an effort to alleviate the fruit on an annual basis altogether, is there something we could use to spray these trees with and when would be the best time of year to do it.

Weld County Colorado trees and shrubs

1 Response

Foliar sprays are available to reduce or eliminate undesirable fruit development on ornamental landscape plants. The key time to apply such spray is usually in the spring during flowering and before the fruit sets. Check with your local nursery and garden center or a certified arborist for guidance, as spraying cannot guarantee 100% effectiveness in preventing fruit formation. Considering factors such as air temperature and weather conditions, spray concentration, and application only to healthy trees will also affect the outcome. You can get a listing of certified arborists from your local extension office or the phone directory. This sounds like something that the home-owners association or management company in your neighborhood may need to address.

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