Olive trees make an attractive addition to your garden, but not many homeowners are prepared for the rigorous demands of harvesting and canning the olives. Olive trees produce numerous flowers in the spring that can be messy, followed by the equally messy dropping of the olives, which leave an oily, purple stain. There are safe and effective ways of preventing flower formation on your olive tree, or preventing fruit formation if flowers are allowed to bloom.

Carter Weed & Pest Control can apply a growth regulator that will prevent flowers from forming. This must be done before buds begin to open, sometime between January and March.