Tree Sap

Discussion in 'Tree Climbing, Pruning, Felling' started by DJDarknez, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. DJDarknez

    DJDarknez LawnSite Member
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    I come in the hopes that some of you can help me with a tree sap problem I'm having.

    In between our and our neighbor's property there is, I think it is, a maple tree. Every summer, this thing bleeds sap all over the cars. It's a minor annoyance, but a problem nonetheless. Coats the windshields, body panels, everything, and I'm getting sick of going to the car wash every other day. ESPCIALLY since I just spent $200 getting my car detailed.

    Is there any way to prevent the tree from sapping? Short of pouring about 2 gallons of gas at the base of the tree? The tree is technically on our neighbors propery, but at this point, it could be on the White House lawn, I just want the tree sap to stop!

  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    Don't park under the tree.

    Yeah, I mean, my neighbor has trees that sap all over my Bmw's, oh oh gee...
    So I got a car cover for one, the other I usually park elsewhere but regardless of sap, I wash them once or twice a year, make sure I put a good coat of wax on them, and see you later. He's a great guy, I am sure he likes it that I never say anything about it to him, I'm sure he can see the problem, but then neither of us care.
    After all, it's still only a car.

    My other neighbor however, is different.
    I sure hope he never plans on setting foot on my property again, my security cameras will record it and what goes around comes around.

    So, take your pick.
  3. All_Clear

    All_Clear LawnSite Senior Member
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  4. DJDarknez

    DJDarknez LawnSite Member
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    Unfortunately, there isn't a safe spot in the driveway. It's a pretty damn big tree, spans just about from the front to the garage. I wasn't sure if there was some chemical available to prevent it from happening, but I guess not.

  5. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    try a washable car cover. or expand the driveway onto a part where there is no tree.
  6. Triple R

    Triple R LawnSite Member
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    I will asume that what you are refering to as sap is actually honey dew which is secreations from insects feeding off the tree. If this is the case a systemic insecticide should solve your problems. I would either call a licensed pest contol company or there is a homeowner product made by Bayer called Tree and Shrub Care which should also work. Make sure to get your neighbor's permision first and follow label instructions. Also check the tree to see excactly where the sap is coming from.
  7. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
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    The "sap" you are referring too is actually aphid poop.
    Spray the tree with a labeled product to control these insects and all will revert to all right in your world!!
  8. PR Fect

    PR Fect LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Get the owner to trim the tree. If you do not care for them as much as the tree, cut it off. Each branch laser straight above the property line. It will look strange, but is your right to do.
  9. G.M.Landscaping

    G.M.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    DJ , I feel your pain. Where I live it all trees. If they're not putting down that yellow powerdery pollen stuff, acorns, helicopeters or brown fuzzy stuff. Right now it's what I thougth was sap also. After washing all 4 vehicles, the next day everything's covered with tiny dots of sap.

    So, your saying those tiny dots aren't sap, but poop?

    These trees are 60-70' tall. No way I'm spraying them. Guess I'll just live with this.
  10. Triple R

    Triple R LawnSite Member
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    You don't have to spray use a systemic herbicide like Merit if your licensed or Bayer's Tree & Shrub Care for home owners as I previosly stated. You apply it to the soil and the roots take it up into the tree and you only have to treat once an year. I treated several Chinese Elms 3 years ago and they are still clean. Disclaimer, always follow label instructions.

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