||Many Problems In Pictures...
Howdy Gardening Enthusiasts!
First off, Happy Earth Day!
I'm getting a lot of emails these past couple of weeks with regards to problems that are addressed in detail in tip sheets on the GardenLine webpage. So, I thought this week's email tip was worth highlighting -- in pictures -- examples of those hot topics for quicker identification purposes. And as always, we link you back to the tip sheets so you will know how to take care of the problem, or even if it needs to be taken care of at all.
We start with White Powdery Mildew, which is cropping up on lots of Crape Myrtles right now. Interestingly enough, the vast majority of the cases I'm seeing are because of the over-pruning - or the ANNUAL CRAPE MYRTLE MASSACRE. If you have just such a problem, please click here to see how we've recommended treating it for years on the GardenLine.
White Powdery Mildew
And, when insects are the invading force, they tend to do their business and drip a honeydew secretion on the leaves below, which turns in to the ever-popular Black Sooty Mold. Most people emailing me lately, tell how they're trying to get rid of the black smudge, thinking it's just a fungal disease. But if you'll read this tip sheet from out website, you'll understand how you have to get rid of the insect infestation first.
Black Sooty Mold
The next two links are to tip sheets about some hideous looking insects. One is
Giant Bark Aphids,
which are starting to cover trees in the area.
The other is about Assasin Bugs, which are a true beneficial insect. In both cases, you don't have to do anything. But there are some caveats, so please read each tip sheet that applies to your situation.
Giant Bark Aphids
Until next issue, here's to
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