Help with this Holly bush

Discussion in 'Fertilizers, Pesticides and Diseases' started by Smith Lawn & Landscaping, Nov 19, 2019.

  1. hort101

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    Have they done any apps leading up to leaf drop?
    Leaf damage can be insect, disease or chemical damage sometimes can be more than 1
     
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2019
  2. OP
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    After speaking with them, that spray they performed was in June, so could that be the culprit? Just weird it took so long. Maybe a combo of frost and spray?
     
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  3. hal

    hal LawnSite Silver Member
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    Are the bare twigs still green inside? Still alive? Or are they crispy dead?
     
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  4. hort101

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    Not imo too long before but had to rule out
    Im thinking insect or fungus but lets see

    I agree its likely planted to deep which isnt helping but not main cause of leaf drop
     
  5. hal

    hal LawnSite Silver Member
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    With a leaf drop that quick with no prior indications it is either a chemical burn or all the roots have been cut off or damaged, like a transplant. Were the leaves that fell off green or did they change color, yellow one thing, brown another.
     
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    Yes there are a few twigs inside still green not much buy its noticeable.
     
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    Sorry for the delay. The leaves were a shiny healthy green when they fell off not yellow or brown.
     
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  8. hal

    hal LawnSite Silver Member
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    Could wait to see if it comes back. Prune the dead out. Mystery to me.
     
  9. Trees Too

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    Possibly girdled below the soil line with the original nursery twine still tied around the base of the trunk.
     
  10. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Heres a picture I took today of scale on a climbing hydrangea
    It is one of my suspects for your holly its found on the bottom of leaves

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