The Doctor is In… the Plant Doctor That Is
We’ve had a lot of rain lately, which is unusual for Maryland this time of year. Usually we’d be experiencing Maryland’s annual summer drought and we would be giving you watering tips. But not this year. That is both good and bad. It’s good in that you are not lugging hoses all over the yard in the sweltering heat. But all the moisture, coupled with humidity and heat, can introduce a host of diseases and pests into your garden.
Take a walk in your yard and take a close look at your plants. Are there black spots on your roses? Is there a white powder on your crape myrtles? Do your tomato plant’s leaves have tan spots on them? Are there weird yellowish patches in your lawn? Afflictions like Powdery Mildew, Black Spot, and Gray Mold are common during wet spells like we are experiencing now and can show up almost overnight. In addition, the extra moisture can make your plants more vulnerable to insect pests. These diseases and pests won’t go away by themselves. They need to be treated as soon as possible before the damage they cause is severe.
Not sure what’s ailing your plants or unsure of how to treat it? Bring a sample of the diseased plant, like a leaf or a branch, into K&B True Value to try and stump our Garden Supply manager, Greg King. No one has been able to do it yet, but there’s always a chance, no matter how unlikely that might be! He can match you up with the most effective solution for your situation, whether it is a topical spray or a systemic drench and walk you through the correct application process. Greg is also knowledgeable about preventative measures you can take to help keep your garden and plants healthy such as planting lots of flowers to attract beneficial insects and “feeding” your plants well.
After you have the pests and diseases under control, make it a habit to take a leisurely walk throughout your property a few times per week, examining your plants, including under the leaves, for issues with mold or insects. These regular inspections allow you to hone in on problems early on, when you have the best chance of quickly solving the problem.