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Trees and Shrubs-August
Fall web worms make silken tents on the ends of tree branches. This caterpillar has a wide host range, though pecan, sourwood, sweet gum, redbud and persimmon are favorites in central NC. While unsightly, they are not particularly destructive to established trees. Use a stick or rake to pull open webs formed by the worms. This exposes the caterpillars to birds and other predators that will feed on them.
Avoid pruning or fertilizing trees and shrubs after early August so the plants can prepare for cold season dormancy.
Fertilizing landscape plants late in the growing season stimulates new growth that will be susceptible to frost and freeze damage.
Shrubs in our area that are in bloom or have interesting fruit, bark or foliage during this month include: