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Don't Let Your Shrubs Bite The Blight This Summer

Leaf spots and bush blight can turn a beautiful tree or hedge brown, unless the proper treatment is taken.
Leaf spots and bush blight can turn a beautiful tree or hedge brown, unless the proper treatment is taken. Photo Credit:

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Even the most careful gardener and landscaper can fall victim to an assortment of invisible parasites. Generally referred to as bush blight or leaf spots, these discolored blotches can cause an eyesore on manicured grounds and danger the health of plants. Rob Lawler, President of Lawler Landscaping explains what you need to know about this unsightly problem.

Most Spots Are Fungal - Many of the spot you see are the result of a fungal infection. The spots tend to begin on the lower leaves closer to the trunk and work their way outwards.

Prune, Prune, Prune - The first line of defense is to prune any infected area. Be sure to clean your cutting tool after each use to ensure the bacteria doesn't spread. Rake up any fallen leaves and discard of them. 

Let Your Plants Breathe - Several types of leaf fungus occur when moisture and humidity rise. Often times, this is due to plants being spaced too closely, not allowing air to circulate. When you prune or plant new shrubs, be sure to trim plenty of space between hedges. 

Use Fungicide With Caution - Fungicide can be purchased at many garden centers. However, some varieties can do more harm than good if not applied properly. Be sure to know your species of plant, how it reacts and carefully read the back of the bottle.

Sometimes, even the best home treatments don't work. For hassle-free blight care, let Rob Lawler and the experts at Lawler Landscaping take care of your unsightly blemishes and make your yard shine this summer.

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