Shademaster Locust Tree Flowers Make Mess On Deck

Question From: N. Byer - PENNSYLVANIA
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?

A: 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.