Plant Health and Pest Alert Series

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poll garden aug 2021

The following is a list of our Pest and Plant Health Alert posts over the last few years. This list will continue to grow as we post new alerts.


Organic Pest Control Options

Fall Armyworm Caterpillars 

Scale Insects 



Does Cold Weather Kill Mosquitoes and Fleas?

European Hornets 

Asian Longhorned Beetle 

Beneficial Insects

Stinging and Biting Insects 

Bagworm Caterpillars 

Pine Bark Beetles 

Rhododendron Lacebug 

Ambrosia Beetles 

Pine Bark Adelgid

Fall Webworm Caterpillars 

Azalea Lacebug

Scale Insects 

Japanese Beetles

Sooty Mold Caused by Insects

Hemlock Wooly Adelgid

Carpenter Bees 

Azalea Lacebugs

Protecting Beneficial Insects

Cicada Damaged Trees

Formica Ants

Tree Health

Keep Plants Healthy and Reduce Pesticide Use

Remove Burlap From Newly Planted Trees

Water Newly Planted  Trees and Shrubs

Avoid Topping Trees

Browning Needles in Conifers 

Caring for Aging Trees

Excessive Mulch

Mushrooms on Trees


Frost Damaged Plants 

Dogwood Spot Anthracnose Disease

Gummosis on Cherries

Leyland Cypress Health Issues 

Arborvitae Health Issues

American Holly Rust 

Dodder Plant Parasite 

Colorado Blue Spruce Health Issues

Excessive Moisture Causes Plant Health Issues

Lichens are Harmless To  Trees 

Cedar Apple Rust 

Construction Damage Kills Trees 

Rosellina Blight on Hemlock

Hemlock Hydrangea Rust 

Evergreen Tree and Shrub Leaf Drop 

Leaf Spot Diseases on Hardwood Trees 

Bear Damaged Trees 

Powdery Mildew on Dogwoods and Crape Myrtles 

Girdling Roots: Hidden Killer of Trees 

Slime Molds on Trees Are Not Pests

Canker on Magnolias

Leaves Are Fertilizer

Winterizing Trees

Top Landscaping Mistakes


Rust Disease on Roses 

Canker Disease in Shrubs 

Bacterial Leaf Spot Disease 

Mountain Laurel Leaf Blight Disease  

Landscape Shrubs Need Fertilizer

Juniper Issues

Droopy Rhododendrons

Hornet Damage on Shrubs


Boxwood Blight Disease 

Boxwood Volutella Disease


Weed Control In Fescue Lawns

Rust Fungus on Fescue Lawns 

Brown Patch on Fescue Lawns 

Seeding Fescue Lawns 

Weeds and Invasive Plants

Invasive Vines 

Invasive Plants of Western North Carolina 

Avoid Invasive Plants and Use Native Plants  

Invasive Japanese Stiltgrass 

Tree of Heaven Invasive Tree

English Ivy Invasive Vine

Invasive Grasses 

Poisonous Plants 





Rodents in the Home 

Holes in the Yard

Vole Invasion

Flatworms and Hammerhead Worms

Bird Flu

White Squirrels

Creating Winter Habitat

Annual and Perennial Flowers/Groundcovers

Spring Planting for Summer Blooms

Spring Bulbs

Mum Pests 

Aster Yellows Virus in Flowers

Southern Blight Fungus on Perennials 

Creeping Jenny Fungal Rot

Coneflower Diseases


Raspberry Cane Rust 

Leaf Spot on Fruit Trees


Organic Pest Control in the Vegetable Garden

Cucumber Beetles 

Squash Rot 

Tomato Blossoms Dying

Improving Clay Soils

Mountain Series Tomatoes


Beneficial Native Spiders 

Invasive Spiders Joro Spider 

Spiders in and Around the Home

Ticks in the Landscape


Gardening Calendar Month By Month