Asked on Feb 12, 2019

How to get rid of seed pods?

Lynn F powers
by Lynn F powers

How an we save this tree? We have a beautiful ash tree in our back yard. The problem is that every year it gets seed pods by the thousands. These are very hard to get out of the grass and it seems that every one of them sprouts up a little tree. Is there any way that we can stop this tree from getting these seed pods. It is our only tree for shade. I hate to have it cut down, but can't take the mess. My husband and I are in our 70's. Thank you for any help you can give us.

  7 answers
  • You can't stop nature, that the way the tree is meant to be. Anything you do to "stop" seed pods will kill the tree.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Feb 12, 2019

    we deal with the same thing from our 30 yr old wisteria the seed pods blow everywhere and sprout up constantly - we use weed killer to stop new growth as it sprouts up but not sure you can stop the seed pods from producing and if you cut it down, it will still have suckers and seeds coming up for a long time to come

  • Hbet Hbet on Feb 12, 2019

    birds and squirrel will eat them, I leave mine over winter on tree and save the thorough raking for spring. Always extra work.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Feb 12, 2019

    Hi Lynn,

    You can actually purchase a product called a "fruit eliminator" that will cut back on the pods. Even better is to hire a professional to spray it and make it sterile. According to the page below, the sterilization doesn't work as good on ash as it does on some trees, but it will help and hopefully save your tree. Here's the question & answer page that I found. Wishing you the best.

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    • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Feb 12, 2019

      Hi Lynn,

      I'd start with a nursery. If they can't help you, they might know of an arborist. Another option would be to try a Cooperative Extension. Those are usually run by a university and placed by county. I'd suggest using google or bing to search with the name of your county and Cooperative Extension. They have local knowledge and should be able to help you. You could also go to that web page again and ask for them to send you to the right place. I've never done this but found it by looking for something to help you. So if your county name is Grant you'd first go to then in the search box put Grant County Cooperative Extension. Click on the appropriate page then look for a Contact or phone number that you can call. I hope you can find some help even if you have to hire some teens pick up the pods. Good luck!

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Feb 12, 2019

    Mother Nature provides for herself every few years depending on the weather cycles plants,animals,bugs all repeoduce according to the stressors nature is providing so some years more animals,plants,bugs,,other years barely any. Coincides with rainfall,heat,drought and so on. Here's online stuff about Ash Trees & seeds"I would recommend that you actually try to improve care to the tree. Trees will often increase the number of seeds produced if they feel stressed. Make sure the tree is getting enough water and is fertilized regularly. It's natural for trees to flower and produce seeds. The age at which ash trees begin to flower and bear seeds and the frequency of bearing seeds varies from tree to tree. Most ash trees begin to bear seeds at 15 to 20 years of age. Most ash trees bear large seed crops every 2 to 3 years. Many trees (maple, ash, linden, crabapple, serviceberry, etc.) produced large seed crops in 2013 because of stressful weather conditions during the previous year. There is no way to stop a tree from flowering and bearing seeds. Mowing the lawn on a regular basis will destroy most ash seedlings that come up in the lawn. Ash seedlings in flower beds and other landscape areas will need to be pulled or dug up". You could vacuum them up using a lawn/leaf blower that has vacuum attachment or shop vac.,even lawm mower attachment on riding mowers. Be grateful you have such a nice mature healthy shade tree.More & more mature trees are being lost to deforestation and disease.Many have been dying due to disease Save your money on getting it sterilized by spraying and put money towards lawn service or some local kids to rake & vacuum them up when they are coming down, or pay some kids to pull them when they are beginning to sprout/grow and easily uprooted. check with community services for kids that need to do community service or boyscouts/girlscouts trying to earn badges. even some day laborers from temp. service.I agree with Naomi & Hbet

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Feb 13, 2019

    Hi again Lynn,

    What Lynn Sorrell wrote is also true. I read the same thing but thought it might be difficult for you and also thought that it might take longer to work. I don't know for sure if either of my thoughts are true. If you can find an arborist, it would be a good idea to ask their opinion. Better care might be an option if you can get some help. I sense that you are just frustrated and don't know where to turn however, finding a professional who can look at your tree seems to be the best choice. All of us want the best for you. :)