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Disease Control

Rose Rosette Virus Identification and Control

  What is Rose Rosette Virus? One of our beloved landscape plants, the rose, has been increasingly affected by this virus, which is spread by wind transferred, tiny mites.  Symptoms include thickened stem growth, excessive thorns, witches’ broom growth at end of stems, branch dieback, discolored and distorted leaves. Control Unfortunately, there is no cure… Read more »

How to Effectively Use Dormant Oil

What is dormant oil? Dormant oil refers more to when the oil has traditionally been applied rather than what it is made of. Newer dormant oil formulations are typically refined from petroleum oil, such as mineral oil. Unlike home remedies, they also contain an emulsifier to help water mix with the oil, which will provide… Read more »

Landscape Pests June 2017

Well.  This late-Spring, early-Summer weather is as predictable as ever… which is to say, completely unpredictable!  Monsoon rains, high humidity, followed by dry periods of lower than normal temps with low humidity, we have seen a little of everything.  One thing is for sure, between the mild winter and warm, damp weather, fungal diseases and… Read more »

How to Control Lawn Weeds

Tired of fighting weeds in your lawn?  Follow these tips to wipe out weeds!   Prevent weeds: First of all, it’s NEVER too late and NEVER to early to prevent weeds!  Pre-emerge products are formulated to prevent weed seeds from germinating or sprout; and since weeds germinate at all different soil temperatures, applying pre-emerge is… Read more »

Prevent & Control Fungus in Landscapes

Warm, wet weather brings on fungus…and unfortunately, this years’ weather has been perfect for fungus growth.  Let’s take about landscape plants first!  So what does a fungus look like?  Usually, the symptoms of fungus are easily identifiable…round black spots, irregular brown spots or a downy, white dusting on leaves.  Some of our most beloved landscape… Read more »

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How to Use a Broadcast Spreader

In order for lawn chemicals to work properly, you have to apply them properly!  Start by figuring out how many square feet your lawn by multiplying length times width.  Read the chemical bag to find out how much to apply per square foot.  If your spreader type is listed on the bag then it’s simple! … Read more »

How to Use a Sprayer

Sprayers are used to apply fertilizers and pesticides on lawns, flowers and shrubs.  Knowing how to use these will make you much more successful, so here goes!   There are three basic kinds of sprayers… we will start with hose end sprayers, which simply attach to the end of a water hose.  These have a… Read more »