The Q&A Archives: Insect damage / overgrown shrubs

Question: I had a landscape company to the house and he pointed out that mites have taken over some shrubs. Basically there are no more leaves left on the shrubs. Since it is also overgrown, can I start the three year pruning system now or will the shrub not survive?

Answer: Pruning always signals a plant to put out new growth, and pruning late in the year can produce shoots and leaves that are especially susceptible to frost. To be on the safe side, wait until spring to begin renovation of your shrubs. Spider mites thrive in hot, dry locations so you might try misting your shrubs every few days during the late summer months to increase the humidity around the plants and drive away the mites.

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