Can I stop elderberry fruiting?.
May seem an odd question, but here goes. I have an elderberry tree at the bottom of my garden which stands about 23' high. Last winter I had the brilliant (not) idea to lay a patio underneath the spread of the tree. Of course I hadn't taken into consideration the fact that the fruit drops and gets squashed all over the patio. Doh!. I want to keep the tree as it provides a lot of privacy and shade when in leaf,so chopping it down isn't an option. I can't really spray it with the gudge that apparently stops it fruiting as it's far too big, and I'm far too fat to climb 23' up a ladder. Also the tree gets a lot of what looks like black fly in the summer, so not too nice to have when sitting under the tree.