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Pests and Treatments


Bagworms feed on many species of plants but are most commonly found on junipers and arborvitae. They can severely damage and kill infested plants by excessive defoliation. Picking them off of infested plants and disposing of them is the best route in situations where there are very few bagworms. If there are more than a dozen or so on each infested plant, it is best to use a pesticide to get rid of them. 

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Spider mites are tiny pests that can damage and kill plants, typically causing most harm to burning bushes. If your burning bushes have shown signs of stress–prematurely dropping leaves or discoloration–it's a sign that it may have a mite infestation.

To check for mites, hold a piece of paper below a branch with foliage and shake it. If you can see tiny red dots moving around on the paper, the plant has mites. As is the case with bagworms, spraying for them in the summer months is the best way to avoid having to replace the plant. Usually once the damage is done, it's too late to do anything about the pest. 

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Emerald Ash Borer | EAB

While those of us in the landscaping industry have been hearing about the Emerald Ash Borer for years now, it's finally in Kansas City. Due to the relatively recent EAB infestation in the U.S., the green industry's knowledge is constantly progressing and, consequently, a great deal of the information that you may find on the matter may be out-of-date. So, before you decide to cut down your Ash tree, it's important that you seek professional advice from an ISA Certified Arborist

If you have Ash trees, or believe that you might have ash trees:

Emerald Ash Borer: CSI

Emerald Ash Borer (Photo Credit: University of Minnesota Extension)

Magnolia Scale

Scale are insects that feed on stems and weaken plant health, leading to discoloration (as shown above), and potentially to plant failure. Control is possible and common with proprietary insecticides.

So if your normally beautiful magnolia is showing these less-than-attractive signs of scale, be sure to have it treated.

Brown Patch

Don't let the generic sounding name fool you. This fungus is real. It's most commonly found in fescue lawns in the hottest months of the year, when night temperatures are above 70º and there's moisture on the ground. Prevention is difficult, but it's easily treated. If you think you have brown patch in your grass, please contact us.

Pine Wilt

Management of pine wilt disease is primarily limited to prevention. There are no cures for pine wilt disease once a susceptible tree becomes infested with the pinewood nematode. The most effective prevention strategy is to avoid planting non-native pines, such as Scotch and Austrian pine, where the mean summer temperature is greater than 20?C. Where these non-native pines already exist, landowners can reduce susceptibility of high-value landscape trees by watering to avoid drought stress. If they discover infestations, landowners can consider removing and chipping infested trees to limit the spread to nearby susceptible trees. - USDA Forest Service

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