Dripping tree sap can result in big messes on paving and patios. It can even causes damages to the finish on your car's paint or to your home's siding. Although sap production is natural and can't be completely prevented, your tree service can help you reduce the nuisance that sap can cause.
1. Prune at the Right Time
Timing is everything when it comes to trimming your landscape trees. Cutting back trees when they are in the flush of the growth cycle can often lead to heavier sap production. Instead, the majority of tree species are better pruned when they are still dormant during the cold winter months. At this time the sap isn't running, and the wounds should seal up quickly in early spring before the sap really begins to flow.
2. Avoid Problem Overhang
Sometimes it's impossible to prevent the tree from dripping sap, but your tree care professional can help minimize the nuisance that the sap causes. Cutting back overly long branches so they don't overhang problem areas like the roof or the driveway will at least keep the sap from causing any damage.
3. Schedule Wound Treatment
Often a sap issue occurs after the tree suffers a major wound, such as the loss of a branch in a storm. Take the time to inspect your landscape trees regularly, especially after storms and high winds. If you notice any type of damage, call in a tree professional to repair any damage. Properly trimming out damaged parts of the results in cleaner wounds that will heal more quickly and with less sap.
4. Check for Infestations
Certain insects can create a problem that resembles sap. When insects like aphids suck the juices from the tree, they excrete a sap-like substance called honeydew. It can drip onto sidewalks, patios, cars, and anything else below the tree. Your tree care service will be able to survey the tree for an infestation and then implement a treatment plan to eradicate the pests and the sticky honeydew.
5. Protect Against Damage
Damage to the trunk or branches can increase the chances of a sappy wound. If you have issues when mowing or trimming around the trunk, consider having mulch installed around the trunk to create a damage buffer against the lawn equipment. Your tree service can also install tree guards around the trunk to help prevent damage from equipment and animal pests.
Contact a tree care service if you have concerns about your trees.