Pest on Ornamental Shrubs
The key to limiting pest outbreaks is keeping plants healthy and vigorous so they can defend themselves from pest attack. Healthy plants means healthy soils. This is not the same technique as using some famous blue fertilizer to force growth on plants. That forced growth is another form of stress and potential food for insects due to the lack of sugar in the leaf. But when plants derive their nutrients from rich healthy soil their leaf structure is full of complex sugar compounds. This is most commonly understood as the taste of fresh organic produce compared to some mass produced plant factory variety.
Here is a list of the most common insects found in Northern New Jersey Landscapes.