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California Privet

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Question: 136-5201
There are little white bugs all over my California Privet. Can I cut the hedge down? Fred, Atlantic City, NJ

Mort's Answer:
Privet can be cut to within a foot of the ground. After the drought in the northeast this summer, stressed plants became vulnerable to insect infestation and the diseases that they carry. It is highly likely that there will be aphid galls that will appear on spruce and perhaps on arborvitae this late fall. Cut this out as they become apparent. These buggers have a lot of gall that appears as a swollen seed pod. If you have large maples and oak, they will have to be power-sprayed by a professional next spring. Although they probably won't kill the large trees, they can provide a breeding ground.

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