Management Strategy, Shade, and Landscape Composition Effects on Urban Landscape Plant Quality and Arthropod Abundance

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Abstract:

Intensity and type of management, the cultural variable shade, and the combination of woody and herbaceous annual and perennial plants were evaluated for their effect on key landscape arthropod pests. Azalea lace bugs, Stephanitis pyrioides (Scott), and twolined spittlebugs, Prosapia bicincta (Say), were most effectively suppressed in landscape designed with resistant plant species of woody ornamentals and turf. Landscapes containing susceptible plant counterparts were heavily infested by these two insect species in untreated control plots. A traditional management program of prescribed herbicide, insecticide, and fungicide applications effectively suppressed azalea lace bug and produced a high-quality landscape. Targeted integrated pest management with solely horticultural oils resulted in intermediate levels of azalea lace bug. Neither program completely controlled twolined spittlebug on hollies or turf. Carabidae, Staphylinidae, Formicidae, and Araneae were not reduced by any management strategy. Lace bugs (Stephanitis) were more common in plots with 50% shade than those in full sun. Spittlebugs (Prosapia) were more common in the shade during 1996 and in the sun during 1997. Spiders and ants were more often collected in full sun plots. Carabids, staphylinids, and spiders were more commonly collected from pitfall traps in turf than in wood-chip mulched plant beds, whereas ants were equally common in both locations. The addition of herbaceous plants to the landscape beds had little effect on pest insect abundance.

Keywords: azalea lace bug; centipedegrass; hollies; integrated pest management; twolined spittlebug; zoysiagrass

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/0022-0493-93.5.1464

Affiliations: 1: Department of Entomology, University of Georgia, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Georgia Experiment Station, Griffin, GA 30223 2: Department of Entomology, University of Georgia, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Georgia Experiment Station, Griffin, GA 30223 Department of Horticulture, Virginia Tech, 301B Saunders Hall-0327, Blacksburg, VA 24060. 3: Department of Entomology, University of Georgia, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Georgia Experiment Station, Griffin, GA 30223 TruGreen-ChemLawn Technical Center-South, 360 Sweetwater Church Road, Douglasville, GA 30134.

Publication date: October 1, 2000

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