Index of Plant Disease Pointers Column

April 2021: Water, Water, Everywhere, but Never, Ever on the Leaves

April 1, 2021

April conjures up visions of spring rain showers, eventually leading to May flowers.  While Mother Nature waters plants using an overhead sprinkling system (i.e., rain), from plant disease standpoint, this type of watering is less than optimal. What’s the problem with watering from above?  Overhead watering wets leaves creating what plant pathologists call a “leaf … Continue reading April 2021: Water, Water, Everywhere, but Never, Ever on the Leaves

March 2021: Dampening Damping-Off: Tips on Seed Starting to Avoid Disease

March 1, 2021

After a long, cold winter, it’s time to start growing plants from seeds for the upcoming growing season.  Damping-off is a common disease that can prevent seed-starting success.  Here are tips that can help prevent damping-off from being a problem. Buy high quality seed from a reputable source.  High quality seeds are less likely to … Continue reading March 2021: Dampening Damping-Off: Tips on Seed Starting to Avoid Disease

February 2021: Bypassing Plant Pathogens: Promoting Tree and Shrub Health Through Proper Pruning

January 30, 2021

Although it doesn’t seem like the optimal time to be gardening, February is actually a great time to be out pruning your trees and shrubs to make them more structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing. Why prune now?  Whenever you prune, you create wounds that potentially can serve as entry points for disease-causing fungi and bacteria.  … Continue reading February 2021: Bypassing Plant Pathogens: Promoting Tree and Shrub Health Through Proper Pruning

January 2021: Saying Bye-Bye to Boxwood Blight: Proper Disposable of Holiday Wreaths

December 7, 2020

As the holiday season wraps up and you begin to put away your decorations for the year, be aware that certain perishable holiday items need to be disposed of properly.  In particular, be careful of how you dispose of holiday wreaths and other garlands that contain boxwood sprigs. Why the concern?  Boxwood-containing holiday decorations have … Continue reading January 2021: Saying Bye-Bye to Boxwood Blight: Proper Disposable of Holiday Wreaths

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