Too many photinia blossoms.
We planted a privacy screen of photinia fraseri a couple of years ago, to shield our backyard from the aquatic complex our next-door neighbor installed next to our common fence. For about 3 years, this neighbor has refused to respond to me on any "good neighbor" issues about which I have attempted to contact him. However, when I approached him politely across our driveway fence last summer, about his children spraying water over the fence (onto our electrical fixtures), he became enraged, and one of the things he ranted about was that a large portion of the profuse blossom drop from the photinia fraseri was landing in his swimming pool. Since he has refused to communicate with me, this was the first I had heard of the issue. While I am tempted to consider this poetic justice, because we tried to dissuade him from installing the pool, slide and elevated bathing area next to our shared fence, our intent in putting up the privacy screen was really not to irritate him further.
Of course, we are now entering the full bloom and drop season (known to the rest of us as Spring), and it occurred to me that there may be some way to minimize the quantity of photinia blossoms that land in our irascible neighbor's pool. Does anyone know what effect cutting off the bud sprays would have on the photinia's growth characteristics (they are about 10 ft. tall)? Is there a horticultural spray that reduces bloom quantity on these shrubs (as there is for olive tree fruiting), and if so, how else does it affect the plant?