Holes in the hedge leaves eaten by wasps?

ukrkozApril 25, 2010


we have a hedge in front of our house. it has grown very nicely on us. today, i have noticed a big looking problem with it. some yellowing, of course, which i can fix with some feeding.


but look at the leaves!!


and it is like this all through. i was standing there, scratching my head, and noticed a yellow jacket, or a wasp, landing on a leaf, and start biting on it. i might be wrong, but i came under assumption that they simply carved those holes in leaves.

now, we live next to forest and very poorly maintained properties, so ridding of the insects will not work.

any suggestions and recommendations?

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    Bookmark   April 25, 2010 at 7:04PM
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Possibly a leafcutting bee?

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   April 26, 2010 at 12:42AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Probably this.

Here is a link that might be useful: Prunus laurocerasus (Prunus laurocerasus) -- Leaf Spots and Shothole

    Bookmark   April 26, 2010 at 1:36AM
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thank you both for response.
both do make sense, and i have noticed that couple miles away, neighbors hedge is the same way exactly.
i am not really sure what to do with this. i'll trim it soon and try covering with some inexpensive mesh. i do not think i might be able to find that antifungal chemical in local stores, but if i shall, i'll spray.
we ALWAYS had ton of those insects aggregating in and around this hedge. i need to check if there's a nest or 2 inside of it, as it's very dense. now i am not sure if it's wasp or wild bee. pretty yellow though. bees seam to be much darker.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2010 at 6:52PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Wasps don't cut the leaves, I would not bother with netting even if there were some leafcutter bees at work - see no sign of these in your picture.

What your hedge does appear to need is some nitrogen fertilizer.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2010 at 11:01PM
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I agree - this has NOTHING to do with bees or wasps. Shothole is an extremely common bacterial and/or fungal problem(s) with Prunus laurocerasus, especially in the damp climate of parts of the PNW. Treatment is typically two-pronged - cultural (improving air circulation, avoiding overhead watering, sanitation, mulching to smother spores) and chemical.

FWIW, Daconil, a recommended control in the above link, is readily available in area box stores and at some retail garden centers.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2010 at 12:31PM
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