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Cedar Apple Rust

Cedar Apple Rust

Junipers often have brown growths that look a little like human brains on their needles. These are one stage of cedar-apple rust, which is a fungus. After the spring rains, the fungus will be covered in orange tentacle-like growths that…

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Pear Rust

Pear Rust

Homeowners often inquire about the cause of yellow to brown spots appearing on the leaves of their ornamental pear trees. These spots are attributed to cedar-hawthorn rust, a fungal disease akin to cedar apple rust but caused by a distinct…

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Powdery Mildew

Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildew is a disease that can affect a wide range of plants. It forms a very distinct-looking white powder, generally on top of infected leaves. In severe cases, it can also be found on the undersides of leaves, buds,…

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black spot

Black Spot on Roses

Some varieties of roses are prone to a fungal disease called Black Spot. Symptoms include yellowing leaves with black spots. It starts on the lower leaves and works its way up the plant when there are periods of high humidity…

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Brown Patch on fescue

Brown Patch

Fescue lawns occasionally get a fungal infection called Brown Patch. It occurs when nighttime temperatures are above 65 degrees, and there is high humidity. Symptoms include browning patches or a thinning lawn. Blades of grass around the infected areas will…

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Mushrooms in the lawn

Mushrooms in the Lawn

Mushrooms that appear in grassy areas rarely do damage to turfgrass. They can be unsightly, however, and fairy-ring mushrooms, in particular, can create a darker green ring in the grass where they are actively growing. Since many mushrooms are also…

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