What is this white powdery stuff on my plants? Powdery mildew!

What is powdery mildew? This spring and early summer we encountered unseasonably cold and wet weather conditions which created a perfect environment for fungal diseases. Powdery mildew is one of the most common fungi that can affect just about any plant. It is easily recognized by its powder-like appearance on the leaves and stems of…

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Cedar Apple Galls (The orange hairy monster)

A  woman recently brought in branch from a Red Cedar with galls resulting from Cedar-apple rust.  It was good that she noticed it now because the galls were newly formed this season thus there is time to do something about it.  The ‘galls’ are swollen kidney shaped brown swellings about 3/8 to over 1 3/16…

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Dog vomit ‘fungus’

Have you seen this?!  It seems to be showing up now in a mulch bed near you.  It is a slime mold.  Don’t worry, it has no effect on your living plants.  It feeds on the mulch.   It probably will not show up year after year.  It only lasts for about a week — then…

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Japanese Beetles, Plant Pest of the Day

Adult Japanese Beetles are beginning to make their appearance in gardens around the county and state. It could be a beautiful beetle, with metallic green and copper-brown wing covers if it did not cause so much damage. They can devastate gardens because adults are voracious feeders of about 300 different ornamental plants. They usually feed…

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