How Can I Protect My Plants and Trees From Disease?

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 8:30:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

How Can I Protect My Plants and Trees From Disease? | The Experienced Gardener

We very recently had a startling discovery occur in nearby Stockton. An invader was found who isn’t supposed to be in these parts, and several different organizations have come together to address the issue. This nefarious intruder could cost us hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages, devastating our citrus crops. In fact, this interloper’s presence could endanger a $10.7 billion industry.

So what dastardly foe am I referring to? Vladimir Putin? Donald Trump? Kylo Ren? No, it’s actually a much simpler and older foe. The Asian citrus psyllid.

  • The What Now?

Yep, it’s a bug! Surprise! This little critter was discovered in the Lincoln area of Stockton on December 21, and it is most definitely not supposed to be here. Now, our agricultural organizations are investigating its presence thoroughly, because these pests could really damage the state’s citrus crops. This tiny little critter is causing an enormous headache. And it’s a prime example of how disease and pests can destroy your plantlife.

So how can you protect yourself? Follow these handy tips:

  • Fertilize the Appropriate Amount – No More

Whichever fertilizer you opt for, use only the recommended amount. Over-fertilizing isn’t going to make your plants grow any faster, and it can actually make them more susceptible to pests. Over-fertilizing encourages weak growth, which is attractive to pests.

  • Don’t Water the Lawn in the Evening

Fungus will flourish in damp space, and if you water your lawn in the evening, it’s going to be pretty moist all night. Therefore, water earlier in the day, so the lawn has a chance to dry out.

  • Cut off Diseased Portions Immediately

As soon as you notice a branch or portion of a plant that’s diseased, you should cut it off right away. Often, a disease hasn’t spread enough to affect an entire plant, and eliminating the diseased portion will halt the problem. It’s not a guarantee of success, but it’s certainly worth a try.

  • Spray Your Plants With a Protective Pesticide

Pests are a constant concern for any plantlife, and vigilance is the best way to halt these problems. You should always be watching for signs of pests. However, utilizing a protective pesticide is also a strong deterrent. Even if you prefer to keep things organic and non-toxic, there are variations out there that can meet your needs.

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