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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 18, 2012

Q. Hydrangea Pests

Our hydrangea has been infested with some type of insect pest. It is manifested by leaving a white oily feeling mound, which on close inspection appears to have produced a beetle type bug which is the same color as the bark so extremely difficult to see. I have tried a variety of treatments, which seem to have killed them but the infestation still appears to be spreading to other hydrangeas in close proximity. The beetle is only about three sixteenths inches long. Is this the Japanese beetle I have heard about? Your advice would be much appreciated.

Answered by
Nikki on
September 19, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

Treat the shrub with neem oil. It is effective on many types of insect pests and is safe to use. Here is more info: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by
Gee on
October 9, 2013

Q. Is it safe to transplant in the fall?

I’d like to transplant the following bushes from my front side yard to my backyard. Holly bush, Japanese hydrangea, maybe burning bush. They were all planted 4 years ago. They are over growing in to each other. Thank you for any advice.
Gee

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
October 9, 2013
A.

Gee, this is the perfect time to transplant. Weather is still decent, and the plants are going dormant. Just make sure you get a large rootball and water heavily!

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