Ornamental Treatments

Ornamental Treatments

As you grow your landscape you may find that some plants are prone to insect infestation or disease. These instances may not kill the plant but may cause the plant to loose its leaves or become less than desirable. The best thing to do is choose plants that are well suited for your area and the type of landscape you have. Also, choose a plant that is resistant to the common insect and disease problems. If you have an existing plant prone to problems a preventive insect and disease treatment may be your best option. Some examples would include crabapples and thornless hawthorns that may have problems with leaf spot and/or rust. Ash trees susceptible to the Emerald Ash Bore, over 300 different plants susceptible to the Japanese Beetle, and Common lilac and several varieties of garden phlox that are prone to powdery mildew.

Fertility

Fertilizer needs for many landscape plants are different than those of the lawn. The lawn has a vast fibrous root system where many landscape plants are limited to the nutrients right around the plant. Landscape beds and plantings may require a fertilizer with a ratio of 1:1:1 or 1:2:1. As always, use a fertilizer that is slow release so that it can release a steady feeding of food over a longer period of time.

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