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  1. Howdy from 4th street. i liked your first post. a LOT of information. what advice do you give when a tree has been eaten by Japanese Beetles?

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    1. Assuming that your tree is established (was planted at least 5 years ago ) and is healthy then the answer is to do nothing. The reason for this is that by now trees have done most of their work for this year which is having manufactured their food and stored it. This means that it doesn’t matter whether it loses its leaves or not because they are done making chlorophyll for food storage. This will be unsightly but your tree will be fine and will leaf out brand new next spring. For the homeowner, treatment for Japanese beetles is left for bushes and flowers because they are aesthetically pleasing and a job that homeowners can handle.
      If you are concerned enough about saving the appearance of your tree, then you can always contact an arborist. Truthfully, I don’t know if they would advise you to treat your tree or not!
      HOWEVER, if you have adult beetles in your tree it also means that you also HAVE THE GRUBs (their larval form) IN YOUR LAWN. The grubs are also damaging because they won’t you the roots of your grass. You definitely should treat your grass for grubs now. Your grass would not recover like the tree will. Any grub control treatment will work fine. Please stay away from all Sevin products as they kill bees!


  2. Last year, our hygrenga had beautiful flowers. I trimmed it back in the fall. This year, the plant is once again very big and full of green leaves but no flowers. I assume the trim was too severe. Is the damage permanent? Thanks for any info


    1. Actually there was no damage to your hydrangea. It sounds like you pruned it too late in the year, thereby cutting off the flower buds for this year. Early summer blooming hydrangeas should be pruned within the month after they are finished blooming (July).
      If you haven’t pruned yet this year, don’t do it. Next year you should have blooms again.
      Thanks for your question!


  3. I’ve written to you previously about my hydrangea that didn’t bloom this year. It was decided that I cut the buds off last fall when I pruned it. Well, it’s October and my hydrangea has buds. Crazy! Any comments???


    1. The type of hydrangea that you have is a Hydrangea macrophylla variety Nikko Blue. This is important to know because these types of hydrangeas bloom on “old wood”. This means that they bloom on the growth from the previous year. Therefore the time to prune them as right after they bloom. If you prune them later than this you will be cutting off the buds for the flowers for the following year. So when you cut off your buds last October there was nothing to bloom this past spring/summer. Now they have created new buds for next year. In other words, it has gotten itself back on schedule. When it is necessary to rejuvenate a bush by cutting it down close to the ground then there will be no blooms the following year. These types of hydrangeas rarely need any severe pruning.
      Leave your plant alone now and it should give you plenty of nice blooms next year.


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