What is destroying my Purple Leaf Sand Cherry!!

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by MDLawn, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Anyone point me in the right direction to what is happening here. Sorry for the bad picture. Purple Leaf Sand Cherry (Prunus Cistena). Dying out from the bottom up. Bug or sun damage?

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  2. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    looks like leaf miners
     
  3. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Is there a good solution?
     
  4. LoomisLawnscapes

    LoomisLawnscapes LawnSite Member
    from MA
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    Talstar (bifenthrin) and horticultural oil.
     
  5. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Great, thanks a lot!!
     
  6. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    yup
    that will do it
     
  7. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
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    Problem is--the damage is irreversible. You will want to start early next season with periodic sprayings according to label of Neem Oil or use Merit (Imidachlorprid) as a foliage spray. These are systemic insecticides and will benefit a lot since the leaf miner is really difficult to control and sometimes has 4 broods per season.
     
  8. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    true that......
     
  9. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Systemic applications in the Spring... definately... soak it into the ground around the trunk and you should be good for the year...
     

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