I realize this is quite the opposite of what most people are asking for on this forum, but I can't take another summer of cleaning up rotten apples.
I inherited a large apple tree, not sure what kind, when we purchased our house. The flowers in the spring are great, but the rest is a horror. Since we live in a suburb of chicago we cannot spray the tree, thus the birds, squirrels, bugs, etc.. get to the apple before we can use them.
Every day we have at least 10 or more apples fall and they kill our grass from their high acidity level etc. So every single weekend we spend at least an hour or more cleaning up rotting apples.
I would like to keep the tree alive, but is there anyway to make it fruit bearing dormant all year round??
Thanks for your advice.