Holly Bushes
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Holly Shrubs

Anonymous added on July 14, 2011 | Answered

I have Holly shrubs that are dying from the center out. I had someone tell me they have bugs and also need to be fertized. What would you recommend me using as an insecticide spray and fertilizer?

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Nikki
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Answered on July 15, 2011

This article has information about common problems with holly: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/diseases-of-holly-bushes-pests-and-diseases-damaging-holly-bushes.htm

As for pesticide, I would recommend neem oil. It works on most insect pests and is safe to use. As a bonus, it's also an effective fungicide, which should help with any fungal issues caused as a result of the insects. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

In regards to fertilizing holly, fertilize once a year (preferably in spring) with a balanced fertilizer. There is a fertilizer called Holly-Tone that is specifically made for holly and is very good.

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