Question From: C. Karner - Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Q: I have a huge pussy willow in my yard..and for the first time...this fall....it is crying sap.....I can actually watch the droplets falling,and feel them on my skin. What would cause this?
My guess is what you are seeing and feeling is honey dew given off by insects, usually aphids. A stiff stream of water will knock them off. Be sure to hit the undersides of the leaves and do this every three to for days. The good news is a good frost will do them in. If this issue persists next spring take some cutting to your independent garden center that sells these trees for an accurate ID of the pest and method of control. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy