Why Did Hickory Tree Start Dropping Small Green Seeds

Question From: Elizabethtown, North Carolina, United States
Q: My hickory tree has been dropping small green seeds that stain my sidewalks for several weeks. What are they? I never had this problem before. Is the tree on its way out?

A: I can't answer that question Ron, but I do know trees produce tons of seeds when they are in stress - ( maybe fear of dying) . It does not mean all is lost. If it were my tree I would get an onsite inspection from a trained professional - a certified arborist. To find one in your area go do www.tcia.org and enter your zip code. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy