Japanese maple in pest catastrophy
My acer started to bud up and then turn in to full leaf as normal this year and then all the leaves began to wilt and drop it wasn't until i took a closer look that i realised the whole tree (it stands about 3ft by 1.5 ft wide) was absolutely covered hilt to crown in scale bugs. I quickly turned to a pest spray and removed all the scale bugs with a wet cloth but all the leaves have now dropped and its looking like it does in winter.
Did i not act quick enough have i lost it ????