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Check and treat for fungus
Fungi are among the most common causes of plant disease. They may appear as mats of thread-like filaments or "resting structures." Many fungi reproduce by spores and produce conspicuous fruiting bodies that can aid in identification.
 Fungi cause various types of injury to plants, many of which can be prevented or controlled by using Ferti*Lome Systemic Fungicide on your lawn, flowers, trees and shrubs. This versatile treatment controls a wide variety of diseases, including brown patch, dollar spot, powdery mildew, anthracnose, red thread, stripe smut, rust, powdery mildew, black spot, ray blight, leaf spot, scab, needle rust and tip blight.
 If you need help identifying fungi or other plant diseases, stop by the garden center. Our expert staff is always prepared to help you identify and treat problems in your lawn and garden.

Say “no” to ticks
Ticks are close relatives of mites, spiders and scorpions. Their life cycle includes four stages: egg, larva, nymph and adult. All stages except the egg are blood-sucking parasites. Tick bites are irritating, but the possibility of diseases causes greater concern. Several diseases are known or thought to be transmitted by ticks.
Avoid ticks if you can, or use repellents and check your body carefully for ticks after exposure. MU Extension experts recommend aerosol repellants with a 0.5 percent permethrin insecticide that can be applied to your clothing, or products containing DEET.
Tick control on animals is also important. Hi Yield Garden, Pet and Livestock Dust is a low-odor insecticide that can be used on vegetables, ornamentals, roses, flowers, fruits, pets and livestock. It repels and kills more than 60 insects, and can be applied up to one day before harvest on certain vegetables.
To control insect pests in your lawn, landscape and around your home and buildings, use Hi Yield Bug Blaster II granules. When using any chemical, read and follow the label directions carefully.

Wondering about watering?
This time of year, dry spells can be common in our area, leaving many of us wondering about watering our gardens, plants and lawns. How often? How much? We all know plants need water, but too much can be as harmful as too little. There are a lot of factors to consider – wind, temperature, rain (or lack thereof), sun or shade, and soil type among them. Here are some tips for helping you decide.
Push a dowel rod into the soil about a foot deep at the base of the root system, to the side of the plant. If it pulls up dry, it’s time to water again. Water deeply, then check again in about two days. Count the number of days from when you water, to when you need to water again – this will give you an idea of how long to wait between waterings.
Let the ground dry between waterings. This will help prevent root rot, and help train the roots to go deeper to get water, establishing a strong, deep root system.
Be careful not to use too much mulch. Two to 3 inches of mulch around your plant is plenty; anything more is probably too much. Excess mulch can hold moisture at the top of the ground, causing the roots to grow up to the moisture held by the mulch, and making the plant’s root system too shallow.
If you have questions, stop by our garden center or give us a call. Our knowledgeable staff is always happy to help with your lawn and garden needs.

This “grass” can drive you nuts

if it gets out of control in your lawn
What isn't a grass or a broadleaf plant, but looks like grass? Nut Grass. This nuisance often pops up in lawns this time of year and, if not controlled early, will spread quickly and be difficult to control later.
Also known as Nutsedge, this warm season perennial plant has a triangular stem and produces three leaves that come up from the base of the plant - thus its grass-like appearance. Nut Grass leaves are a light yellow-green color. The seed head has a bur-like appearance. It will thrive in wet areas, and can spread rapidly in areas where there is little or no competition. Yellow Nutsedge does not compete well with dense, well-maintained lawns.
Plants develop from underground tubers, or "nutlets." The plant sends out underground stems or rhizomes that form new plants. They also produce plants from seed.
If your lawn is infested with only a few plants, digging them out should work fine. You will probably have to do this several times throughout the year. Do NOT pull this weed – pulling it leaves the nutlet in the ground and gives it more juice to spread.
We recommend treating with Halosulfuron with Spreader Sticker (mix together in a pump sprayer). When using any chemical, read and closely follow label directions for use and storage.
If you have questions about identifying or treating for Nut Grass, or any other pest that may be plaguing your lawn or garden, stop by our garden center. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you.