Categories for Disease/Fungus

eaten oleander leaves

DON’T LET PESTS MEANDER ON YOUR OLEANDER

What’s that you see on your thinning oleanders? Is it the pesky pest Syntomeida epilais Walker, more commonly known as the oleander caterpillar? Or the spotted oleander caterpillar moth? If you live in Southwest Florida, you’re probably seeing an infestation of oleander caterpillars (no spots). If this critter with its…

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ZAPPING ZIKA FROM YOUR FLORIDA LANDSCAPE

[caption id="attachment_5579" align="alignleft" width="300"] Potentially Zika Carrying Mosquito[/caption] Doesn’t matter where you see standing water – in your plant saucers, birdbaths or kiddy pool -- you’re looking at a potential breeding ground for a mosquito-borne disease that’s emerging in Florida, Texas, Illinois and New York. As imported cases of Zika…

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ARE YOUR ARECA PALMS SHOWING SIGNS OF BORON DEFICIENCY?

With Sarasota’s unusually wet summer, ArtisTree’s crews have seen new cases of boron deficiency in areca palms. Boron can leach through the soil after one heavy rain, and the results aren’t pretty. According to the University of Florida’s IFAS Extension Service, one of the earliest symptoms is transverse translucent streaking…

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CRABGRASS OR GOOSEGRASS?

Q:  Two almost-identical weeds have cropped up in my St. Augustine turf, but I can’t identify them well enough to determine how to get rid of them. I’ve included photos for you. A:  Lucky you! You have goosegrass and crabgrass, and they are hard to distinguish unless you have a…

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