joshinny
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Pests are gone—Now what?

I had a bagworm infestation in my Cherry Laurel. I (hopefully) have controlled it and gotten rid of them all.

How can I ensure the tree stays healthy now?

Should I remove all the chewed off leaves (so the tree can expend energy growing new, healthy ones)?
Several leaves are chomped to bits, but there are buds of new leaves beginning...

Anything else I should do, fertilizer...etc. to help it along?

Thanks for any advice!

imafan26
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Location: hawaii, zone 12a 587 ft elev.

Re: Pests are gone—Now what?

I would prune back the shrub carefully not to damage the emerging growth. Make sure while you are pruning to see if you missed any of the bag worms. The males will fly off in August, but the females will remain in the bags.

Add some compost and fertilize the shrubs. They prefer moist well drained soil and don't need a lot of fertilizer, but I believe that when a plant is growing it deserves some fertilizing as long as it is not over done.

In the future it would be a good idea to understand the bagworm life cycle so you can scout and destroy them before they do a lot of damage to the plants.
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