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From: Brian Koecher
City:
Westmont, IL
Question - We have a pine tree next to and overhanging our >> deck. This year we have unfortunately become overwhelmed with >> dripping sap from its newly growing pine cones. It is simply >> destroying our patio furniture, etc. We trimmed back a few of the >> longer branches overhead but there are areas that are too high to >> reach to fully eliminate all the sources of sap. Is there anything >> that we can do to prevent or curtail this, short of hiring a >> professional tree cutter? And what do you recommend for removing >> pine sap from vinyl/cloth chairs without leaving a stain mark (we >> have tried isopropyl alcohol and Goo-Gone with marginal >> success)? Thank you so much for your time and input; it is greatly >> appreciated. >>Sincerely, >>Brian

 
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From: James Schuster
Horticulturist and Plant Pathologist (Retired)

schuster@illinois.edu
There is no way you can stop the cones frpom dripping short of removing the tree. Why needle evergreens are dripping sap from their cones this year, I can not answer. Nor can I tell you how to remove the sap from the vinyl/cloth material without discoloring it. Suggest you check your local library for a book on stain removal.

 
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