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One of the most popular spring-flowering shrubs seen in any landscape, Azaleas are generally hardy and problem free, but can occasionally be bothered by pests and diseases. Take a look below to see how to keep your azaleas disease and pest free.
What’s this white stuff covering the leaves of my plants? It looks like someone has attacked them with a dusting of baby powder. If this is how your plants look, it’s time to take a closer look at them. Powdery mildew is a nasty fungus that makes yearly appearances in many gardens and landscapes. It’s a garden nuisance that adores high humidity and dry conditions that comes with summer and can last into the autumn. Water splash and wind can spread the spores, which grow on the surfaces of leaves only. Symptoms- The appearance of a whitish powder coating on top and underneath leaves and buds. Older leaves ten to become blackened, new growth is distorted and discoloured and flower buds may fail to open.
Scale insects vary dramatically in appearance; some are very small organisms
Watch out gardeners! The thrip is downright destructive, attacking the flowers, fruit and foliage of all kinds of plants, from ornamentals to edibles, stunting their growth and leaving them less then desirable to look at.
The two spotted mite is the most common of all plant mite pests. It is easy to identify because of the 2 spots on its back. These spots can be seen with a magnifying glass and can vary in colour from green to red to purple. Populations thrive in hot, dry weather, so under these conditions, watch your plants closely as these mites can creep up on you.
In terms of garden pests, whiteflies can be one of the most bothersome pests a gardener can have. Whether they are on ornamentals or vegetables, whiteflies can be tricky to control, but not impossible. Let’s take a look at the answer to “How do I get rid of whiteflies?”
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