We're surrounded by maple trees and a single ash tree, and every summer
our lawn is full of hundreds (thousands?) of ash and maple tree sprouts
from the seeds they drop.
After lopping off their heads a few times with the lawn mower, they
eventually give up, but would crab grass preventer stop these seeds
It most likely would have little to no effect, because most
pre-emergents used on turfgrass have no effect on woody weeds. Same
goes for post-emergent lawn weedkillers. Mowing is the simplest way to
deal with them. If you were really consumed with the desire to deal
with them, you could look for a growth inhibitor to spray on the tree
to keep the seeds from forming. See
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You have my sympathy. I live in a neighborhood with massive old silver
maples. I got rid of my maple, but I'm buried under the volume of
seeds produced by neighboring trees. I swept a bushel off my driveway
in one afternoon. Which is why, when I replaced my silver maple, I
replaced it with a seedless variety.
The one redeeming virtue of squirrels is that they collect and eat an
awful lot of maple seeds.
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