If you have a tree that drops large nuts on your driveway and cars, or ripe fruit on your patio, there may be something you can do about it short of cutting down a healthy, shade-giving tree.
The term “mast” refers to the fruit and nuts that are part of a tree’s reproductive system. All trees produce mast in one form or another, but some – such as the Sweetgum, Buckeye, Walnut and Crabapple, can cause a nuisance.
If these or other varieties cause a problem in your yard, it may be possible to inoculate the trees to prevent the mast from forming. The process is conducted by spraying or injecting a growth-suppression formula directly into the tree. Effectiveness of the process depends on a variety of factors, and it should only be carried out by a certified arborist who has a state licensed for fertilizer application.
The factors that determine whether inoculation will work in your situation include:
Treatment to suppress mast growth isn’t guaranteed to work in every situation. But if you have a tree whose fruit causes problems, have a certified arborist take a look. It might work for you.
Budding season is the best time to assess and treat your trees. Ripley Tree Service has 3 certified arborists on staff, carries an Ohio application license, and is an independent family business serving Northeast Ohio since 2001.