Q: I have a Shademaster locust tree next to my deck and patio. It is 18 years old. Each year the dropping flowers get to be more and more messy. I have searched the Internet for an answer as to something that can be done about it, but the responses all say how non-messy this tree is. Why would our tree be sooooo messy and others not be? Is there something wrong with it?
Locusts are grafted to prevent producing pods. Sounds like what you got is not what the tag indicated. Monterey makes a spray that will prevent the tree from flowering. You might give that a try - or there is always the axe treatment. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy.