Please Inspect Your Magnolias!
So much for the talk of extreme winter cold possibly killing off or reducing insect populations. We have seen an increase in Locust Plant Bugs, Spruce Mites, Leafminers and especially Magnolia Scale. Please look at the photo of the Magnolia closely.
Notice the leaves that appear black and sticky as shown in the yellow BOX! Notice the white and greyish pods on the undersides of the branches as shown inside the yellow CIRCLES! If you see this on your Magnolia, you have Magnolia Scale on your tree. The effects of this scale will continue to worsen as the Summer progresses.
It may be a bit difficult to notice at first but if you look closely at the leaves on the lower portions of the tree, or other plantings under the tree, and see leaves that look like those pictured, your Magnolia has this problem. If you have an infected Magnolia that hangs over your deck, patio, or your car, you will really notice this sticky mess as the Summer progresses.
Magnolia Scale cannot be treated until late September and early October. Treating now, when the insects are protected within those previously mentioned white pods, will have no effect on them. We treat in the Fall, after the ‘crawlers’ hatch from the pods. Treating with the proper timing will greatly reduce or eliminate this problem for the following year.
If you suspect that you have Magnolia Scale, give us a call. We will check it out free of charge and detail a treatment plan for you.