June 11, 1999

Looking Out for Common Diseases on Your Lawn

Just a quick reminder on common lawn diseases that you might encounter as we head into the summer season. For diseases with an irregular pattern, be on the lookout for powdery mildew, rust, and leaf spot or melting out. Here are a few quick visual diagnostic tips for these diseases:

Powdery mildew - dusty white to light gray powder on leaf surfaces; leaf yellowing Rust - From a distance, turf appears orange to rusty in color. On close examination, leaf blades have bright orange to reddish-brown pustules.

Perennial Vines

Vines add interest to all gardens. They offer a wide variety of leaf forms, textures, and colors as well as attractive flowers or fruit. Perennial vines do not need replanting every year and can be used as a screen and to provide shade, fragrance, or fruit. They are often incorporated into gardens along walls, fences, trellises, arbors, or in containers to add height quickly in a limited space.