Pest Control for Shrubs: Top 10 Tips
If your shrubs, plants, or small trees are having pesky pest problems, there are a number of things you can do to help them look healthy and beautiful. There are also many preventative measures that could keep you from battling insects and other pests in the first place. Here are ten tips for keeping your shrubs looking their best.
- First, don’t be too eager to spray. This may seem a bit counterintuitive, but unless there is already a mosquito pest control Columbia SC, the natural ecosystem in your own backyard may be keeping pests at bay as is. Pests have natural predators (birds, rodents, etc.) that naturally help to keep the insect population at an appropriate level. Only resort to spraying if your shrubs are truly being overrun and diseased by pests.
- Make sure your shrubs are receiving proper nutrition. Shrubs are much more susceptible to damage from insects when they are lacking in proper nutrition. Symptoms of poor nutrition may include pale or yellow leaves, stunted growth, a plant that loses leaves early, and mottled leaf veins. Try Miracle-Gro Tree Shrub Fertilizer Spikes. This is a slow-release formula specifically for shrub nutrition.
- Still, having shrub nutrition problems? Try deep root injections. This is the best fertilization technique because the fertilizer is actually injected deep into the roots where it is needed most. A pest control expert can provide this service during the fall and spring for the best results.
- Do not apply too much mulch. Excessive mulch creates ideal conditions for pests. Mulch should not be right up next to shrub trunks, but rather should be placed around the shrub creating a “donut hole” shape.
- Apply a preventative if necessary. Preventatives protect your plants for weeks after application from many potentially damaging pests. An excellent product is Bayer 2-in-1 Systemic Rose and Flower Care Granules. It is even effective against insects which tend to be very persistent and destructive.
- If you do have a pest problem that is causing the disease to your shrubs, stop the disease from spreading by removing any dead foliage. This includes removing diseased stems that can actually carry the disease to healthy parts of your shrub.
- Apply a fungicide to help manage diseases caused by backyard pests. Shrub fungicides do not cure the diseases themselves, but they do help manage the pests that cause them. Try a general purpose fungicide like Bug and Disease Killer. This Bayer Garden fungicide has an added fast-acting insecticide.
- If your shrubs and trees are still suffering the effects of damage from insects, mites, and fungus, professional spraying may be necessary. But finding the proper type of pest control spray depends on a variety of factors. Keep this in mind when searching for the right pest control.
The type of insects being controlled
The time of the year
- Seasonal sprays are an option. Many pest control and lawn care companies provide five basic seasonal sprays. These include:
Dormant (Winter) sprays
Early Spring sprays
Late Spring sprays
- If more intensive spraying is needed for a particular pest, a professional can help you in its identification. Some sprays may work great about some pests but are completely ineffective against others. Examples of tough pests to get rid of include aphids, caterpillars, apple maggots, and coddling moths.
In the case of backyard pests, prevention goes a long way. But remember that there are ways to fight damaging insects and keep your shrubs looking beautiful.