early defense against lace bugs?
Hello Master Gardeners What proactive steps can I take to avoid an outbreak of lace bugs (on the azaleas and rhododendrons) in my garden this year? Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
Clackamas County Oregon
Thank you for your question. The answer is difficult because being ‘pro-active’ is ineffective with the life cycle of the insect. I think you’ll see the difficulty if you read the following article: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/nurspest/Azalea_lacebug.pdf Please write back if you have other questions. Good luck!