June 20, 2003

Fire Blight Watch

Be on the look out for fire blight on apple, crabapple, pear, hawthorn, and quince. Symptoms first appear in the spring as new shoots turn black and bend downward forming a shepherd s crook." Leaves droop and turn a dark color. Individual branches may look like they were scorched by fire.

Sticky, sweet ooze may drip from infected areas when it s 65 85 degrees out and moisture levels are high. Insects may pick up bacterial cells and spread them to healthy flowers and leaves.

Pruning Trumpet Vine

Trumpet vine can be pruned at any time of the year. Trumpet vines have been known to damage a home s siding and break windows.

Weed Control in the Home Garden

Weeds are those annoying plants that gardeners love to hate. In the garden, weeds compete with desirable plants for water, nutrients, sunlight, and growing space. They may also harbor insects and diseases. Allowed to run rampant in the garden, weeds can drastically reduce yields of fruits and vegetables. They also hinder the performance of annual and perennial flowers.