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What’s eating my birch tree?
From what I have read of the leaf miner, this is NOT the situation. The leaves of my 4 year old birch tree are literally disappearing, especially at the top. I tried spraying a broad spectrum insect killer but could only hit the bottom 1/3 of the tree. Didn’t help much anyway because the leaves along the bottom 1/3 still have holes in them too. I don’t see any signs of the leaf miner as is typically the problem with birch trees, and my nearby Dogwood and Lilac bush are just fine. I don’t see any caterpillars on the leaves, but I did find a grasshopper looking insect on the bottom side of one leaf I turned over.
Any ideas on how to help my tree? I am in the Northeast part of the U.S. in upstate NY.
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