Monthly Archives: July 2017

Eddie’s Corner: What is causing the Dead Branches on my Trees?

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

FireblightI have been getting a lot of calls and samples brought into the office of trees that are dying at the tips. Most of these are related to apples and pears. The cause of this death is a disease called Fireblight. The disease affects plants in the Rosaceae family. The plants affected include Amelanchier (serviceberry), Chaenomeles (flowering quince), Cotoneaster (cotoneaster), Crataegus (hawthorn), Eriobotrya (loquat), Malus (apple and crabapple), Photinia (photinia), Prunus (flowering almond, plum and cherry), Pyracantha (pyracantha), Pyrus (pear), Rosa (rose), and Spirea (spirea).  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Yellow Leaves on Your Plants (Part 2 of 2)

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

Yellow Leaves 2In last week’s article I listed the top 10 reasons for yellow leaves on your plants (under watering and overwatering, which top the list, lighting, temperature, soil condition, nutrients or lack thereof, pests, disease, transplant shock, and age) and pointed out that it may take weeks or even months for your plant to recover from whatever is causing the yellow leaves and return to normal growth. The reality is that if you can’t provide the proper environmental conditions for your particular plant’s needs then it can’t thrive. Last week I discussed four reasons why plant leaves turn yellow and this week’s article is about the remaining six reasons plants have yellow leaves. Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Yellow Leaves on Your Plants (Part 1 of 2)

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

Yellow Leaves 1Just as we communicate through facial expressions and the spoken and written word, plants communicate as well. It is important for gardeners to understand the language of their plants. This is true for treasured indoor houseplants and plants in the landscape. When leaves start turning yellow that is a plant’s way of telling you that it needs your attention. The top 10 reasons for yellow leaves are under watering and overwatering (which top the list), lighting, temperature, soil condition, nutrients or lack thereof, insect pests, disease, transplant shock, and age.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Pesticides – Use of Pesticides, Storing Them and Disposing Them

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

Pesticides 2Gardening and commercial production is in full swing and that means that it’s time to battle bugs, weeds, and diseases. If you are like many other people, you use pesticides but you often get in a hurry and may not properly store them. Before someone gets hurt or sick, or the chemical does not do the job that you want it to do, consider the following points.  Continue reading