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Why is My Hedge Disappearing?

August 7, 2013

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Is your tree looking a little sickly these days? Are the leaves on your trees turning yellow or appear to have white spots? Or worse, is your hedge quickly becoming see-through?


Well, your precious greens may be infested with whitefly, a destructive pest that feeds on the underside of leaves. These small white, winged insects suck the juices out of foliage causing serious damage to the host plant, including yellowing, wilting, molding and even death. Whiteflies multiply dramatically and once they take over your trees or hedge, you can quickly lose your investment.

The good news is you can take control of the situation. Common whitefly treatments include insecticide spray and Arborjet injection. The way Arborjet works is the product is injected into the transport system of the tree. The best part? The treatment is fast acting, effective, environmentally responsible and lasts up to 6 months.

Another option is to install plant species that attract natural predators of whitefly. Our favorite is Clusia, a semi-succulent with thick, bright green, paddle-shaped leaves. We love them so much, we even grow them at our nursery!

Don’t let whitefly take over your precious garden. Take action now to combat the insects before it’s too late.

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