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postheadericon Fire blight remedies and symptoms

Fire blight remedies and symptoms

Image by Jan Burt via GKH Q&A By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) While there are numerous diseases affecting plants, the plant disease fire blight, which is caused by bacteria (Erwinia amylovora), affects trees and shrubs in orchards, nurseries, and landscape plantings; therefore, no one is safe from its path. Plant Disease: Fire Blight The plant disease fire blight is oftentimes influenced by seasonal weather and generally attacks the plant’s blossoms, gradually moving to the twigs, and then the branches. Fire blight gets its name from the burnt…

postheadericon Soft rot disease: how to help prevent soft rot bacteria

Soft rot disease: how to help prevent soft rot bacteria

Image by Scot Nelson By Jackie Rhoades Bacterial soft rot disease is an infection that can devastate a crop of fleshy vegetables such as carrots, onions, tomatoes and cucumbers, though it is most widely known for its attacks on potatoes. Soft rot disease is most easily recognized in these vegetables by soft, wet, cream to tan colored flesh surrounded by a dark brown to black ring. When conditions are right, these necrotic spots begin on the outside or skin of the potato and works inward. Initially, there is no odor,…

postheadericon What are boxelder bugs and what do boxelder bugs look like

What are boxelder bugs and what do boxelder bugs look like

Image by epantha By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener, www.summitspringsgardenwriting.com What are boxelder bugs? Boxelder bugs are major nuisances around the house but, fortunately, boxelder bugs in gardens are relatively harmless. Read on to learn more about boxelder bugs, including a few tips for boxelder bug control. What Are Boxelder Bugs and What Do Boxelder Bugs Look Like? Easily recognized, boxelder bugs are black bugs marked by bright red stripes. Adult boxelder bugs measure about ? inch in length. Freshly laid boxelder bug eggs, which are laid…

postheadericon What are boxelder bugs and what do boxelder bugs look like

What are boxelder bugs and what do boxelder bugs look like

Image by epantha By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener, www.summitspringsgardenwriting.com What are boxelder bugs? Boxelder bugs are major nuisances around the house but, fortunately, boxelder bugs in gardens are relatively harmless. Read on to learn more about boxelder bugs, including a few tips for boxelder bug control. What Are Boxelder Bugs and What Do Boxelder Bugs Look Like? Easily recognized, boxelder bugs are black bugs marked by bright red stripes. Adult boxelder bugs measure about ? inch in length. Freshly laid boxelder bug eggs, which are laid…

postheadericon Getting rid of bad bugs with beneficial insects

Getting rid of bad bugs with beneficial insects

Image by docentjoyce By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Not all bugs are bad; in fact, there are many insects that are beneficial to the garden. These helpful creatures aid in decomposing plant material, pollinating crops and devouring pests which are harmful to your garden. For this reason, you should consider keeping them around. Attracting Beneficial Bugs The best way to draw these beneficial bugs into your garden is by growing their favorite flowering plants. Some of these include: Advertisement Mint Daisy (Shasta and Ox-eye) Wild carrot (Queen…

postheadericon Learn about plant rust disease and rust treatment

Learn about plant rust disease and rust treatment

Image by Sabrina Setaro By Heather Rhoades Plant rust is a general term that refers to a rather large family of fungi that attack plants. Frequently, when a plant is affected by rust fungi, many gardeners feel at a loss as to what to do. Rust treatment as a plant disease is startling but can be treated. Symptoms of Plant Rust Rust fungi are very easy to identify on the plant. The disease can be characterized by a rust color on plant leaves and stems. The rust will start out…

postheadericon Cause of root rot: root rot remedy for garden plants, trees, and shrubs

Cause of root rot: root rot remedy for garden plants, trees, and shrubs

Image by Mike Linksvayer By Jackie Carroll While many people have both heard of and dealt with root rot in houseplants, most are not aware that this disease can also have an adverse effect on garden plants outdoors, including shrubs and trees. Learning more about the cause of root rot and how to look for early signs of root rot in garden plants will go a long way in its treatment. For root rot prevention and treatment info, keep reading. What is Root Rot? Root rot is a disease that…

postheadericon Small holes on leaves – what are flea beetles?

Small holes on leaves – what are flea beetles?

Image by Sarah By Heather Rhoades You may have noticed some small holes on the leaves of your plants and you are wondering what kind of pest caused these holes? Some pests in the garden are more annoying than harmful and flea beetles are can be classified as that. While in most cases, flea beetles will not kill your plants, they can damage the leaves and be a nuisance with their hopping ways. What are Flea Beetles? There is no one scientific name for a flea beetle because flea beetles…

postheadericon Leaf gall identification: learn about preventing and treating leaf gall on plants

Leaf gall identification: learn about preventing and treating leaf gall on plants

Image by Takver By Bonnie L. Grant Odd little bumps on leaves and funny protuberances on your plant’s foliage may be a sign of pest, bacterial or fungal problems. These galls may look like they are hurting the plant’s health, but leaf galls on plants are actually harmless. There are nearly as many types of galls as there are causes. Leaf gall identification is tricky, as many galls look similar. Galls are often named after their tree species and may be confined to one family or genus of plant. Causes…

postheadericon Plants affected by smut – tips for treating black smut fungus

Plants affected by smut – tips for treating black smut fungus

Image by H.J. Larsen, Bugwood.org By Kristi Waterworth When black spores appear on your lawn or garden plants, it’s understandably frustrating -after all, you’ve given those plants lots of tender care and they’re sick despite your efforts. Try not to panic, we’ve got lots of information about treating black smut fungus, a common cause of black spores on turfgrass, small grains and ornamentals. What is Black Smut Fungus? Fungal diseases can be the most frustrating to deal with and they seem to spring up out of nowhere and disappear with…