Cascading Purple Beech tree - Knowledgebase Question

Liberty, Mi
Question by dplumb
July 27, 2006
We have a Purple Beech tree, cascading, something is eating leaves. Can we spray, with Malathion? Is another solution/ Thanks JP


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Answer from NGA
July 27, 2006

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The best control really depends upon which critter is snacking on the leaves of your tree. It's always best to identify the pest and to use something specific for the pest. Insecticidal soap is great against aphids and it won't harm beneficial insects; Bt works against caterpillars but won't harm other insects. If you decide to use something as broad and powerful as Malathion, be sure to read the label - not all insecticides are safe to use on all plants.

Best wishes with your garden!

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