This article discusses how to reduce olive fruit production in low desert areas.
Full disclosure here-I am an arborist rather than a chemist, so this article may be lighter on polysyllable words and heavy on “domain knowledge”.
The first thing we need to talk about is that the olive trees need to be thinned before spraying. Whenever we spray undiluted olives, the effectiveness of the application is seriously affected. This chemical cannot reach all the flowers, as long as the flowers survive the spray, olives will eventually grow. So thin the trees before spraying so that you don’t have olive oil and bills for spraying them on your sidewalks.
Once the trees have thinned, you can choose which chemical to use. Although there are other options to choose from, such as Florel, we use Clean Cut almost exclusively for maintenance because we find it more effective than other options. Maintenance is a more powerful chemical that can usually get the job done in one application. Achieving our goals in an application is equivalent to reducing costs for customers, which will naturally make our customers happy. However, maintenance does have a major disadvantage: it can cause trees to fall quickly, especially if it is improperly applied. Most of our customers are so tired of olives on the ground that they no longer care about the overall health of the olive trees. Maintenance is also an irritating chemical, so personal protective measures must be taken and the area must be kept away from children, pets and other breathing objects for a period of time after spraying.
If you are satisfied with the multiple applications of chemicals, then you may want to consider some other options. Embark and Olive Stop are generally better for trees and people. These chemicals are less dangerous and of course not as effective as maintaining them, but it seems that everything is a trade-off in life. Another problem with these types of chemicals is that they may need to be used 2-3 times. Soon, when calculating the cost of thinning olive trees and spraying olive trees three times a year, mathematics will tend to remove the tree. Most of our customers just prefer maintenance, but it’s good to know the other options anyway.
The third option is to become an expert in pickling olives and distributing olive jars during the holidays. The olive pickling process requires salt water to remove the bitterness and preserve the fruit. If I had unlimited free time, I would do it. I have only met a man who healed his own olives at all costs. I was very impressed that someone could turn a fruit that caused so many headaches in the entire valley into something as great as an edible olive. .