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Sweet Gum Balls

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by iceberger, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
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    I agree with the masses......................cut these trees down if possible. Other than the fact that they are soft wooded trees, they are quick to establish and offer liberal shade and unwanted siblings twice to three times a year......!
    Their isn't much you can do to eliminate the fruit, all you do is control them!!
  2. integrityman

    integrityman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,713

    Go outside to the trees at night. Repeatedly pee around the drip line. :hammerhead::hammerhead::hammerhead::hammerhead:

  3. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
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    I too had several of these awful trees. I have two Golden Retrievers who constantly run around the yard and the gumballs were always getting stuck in their paws. I called an Arborist about how I could control them and he suggested that cutting the trees down was the only effective method. I hate killing healthy trees but i also hated seeing my dogs limping around everytime they went into the backyard so I had them cut down.

    Then last year i noticed that my neighbor's gumball tree was growing over my fence and causing the same problem. i asked him if he minded having the limbs pruned and that I would gladly cover his expenses. He did one better - he had all of his cut down too.
  5. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
    Messages: 925

    I picked up a customer this summer that has at least 6 monster sweet gums around the house. The yard was no problem until the last month...More burr balls than I've ever seen. Today I filled 3 contractor bags and that was just what was in the lawn. Tons more in the beds, but I can't spend all day at one house. I'm going to have to call to discuss additional charges. :Angry
  6. gunsnroses

    gunsnroses LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 266

    Florel, Atrimmec.....Plant Growth Regulators....,among many more PGRs out there
  7. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
    Messages: 925

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but those are foliage sprays, correct? If so that's not an option(for me) because of size. Many of these tree have 3-4' trunk and 50-60' height.
  8. gunsnroses

    gunsnroses LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 266

    Yes they are foliar only I believe....not sure about bark banding.
    Embark may be foliar also. I believe Mastiff and Snipper are injection. For injection you may be looking at 150 to 250.00 for large trees. Your timing must be perfect. I have never treated sweet gums so I cant help with more details. I can say that I am somewhat a fan of sweet gums.
  9. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
    Messages: 925

    It's not a bad looking tree, it's the litter. I slip on them, they get stuck in the belt pulleys, and make a huge mess to clean-up.
  10. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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