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Disease management is fundamental to having a beautiful landscape. By observing some of the basics, you can mantain a healthy, thriving ecosystem - your yard.

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Japanese Maple : very pest resistant

  • Spraying
    Fungicide sprays help prevent the spread of disease, protecting the new growth by killing the fruiting bodies present at the time of spray. They are an effective and essential part of a disease management program.
    Insect sprays are essential to monitor and keep insects to manageable levels. Insects can spread disease and further stress an already weakened plant.
  • Maintenance Pruning
    Remove diseased parts and any affected tissues, such as branches, twigs, leaves, old blossoms and mummified fruit as soon as the damage is noticed to prevent spreading.
    Thin out excessive growth to provide air flow through the canopy. This allows for faster drying of the leaf surface after rain.
  • Sanitation
    Rake up fallen leaves
    Remove debris from yard. Do not compost diseased debris.

  • Plant Variety
    When considering a plant purchase, be aware of the variety. Certain varieties are more insect and disease resistant than others.
  • Plant Environment
    Consider changing the environment of an affected plant. Moving a diseased plant to a better location can save the plant. Remove competing vegetation to increase air flow and sunlight to an affected plant.
  • Plant Health
    Keep the plant healthy before and especially after a plant in affected by a disease. Maintain proper moisture levels. Fertilize on a regular basis with a low or slow release nitrogen fertilizer. Mulch to retain moisture, build soils and protect any beneficial insects applied to the area.