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Q.My flower plants and shrubs are wilting. I apply water to them and that seems to make it worse. What am I doing wrong?

A.Many people have been accustomed to dry and even drought summers in the past 8 years. We are having an unusual wet summer this year and people are still watering their plants even after a good rain. We now have cases of too much water, which shows up as wilting leaves, or yellowing and falling leaves. The signs of too much water are much the same as too little. So don’t water until you check the soil to see if it need it.

Q.The green leaves on my azaleas have pale yellow speckles on them and some leaves are almost all yellow-white. There are also brown spots on the underside of the leaves. Is this insect damage?

A.Yes, this is damage caused by lacebugs. They are sap-sucking insects that feed on the leave from the undersides of the leaves. Lacebugs also feed on other shade evergreen shrubs, such as rhododendrons and Japanese Andromeda. The best control is to use a systemic insecticide, such as the Bayer Advanced™ All-in-One Rose and Flower Care. One application of this product will protect your azaleas up to 6 weeks.

Q.My lawn has brown patches all over it. What’s causing this?

A.The most likely cause is lawn fungus. Treat the entire lawn with a lawn fungicide as soon as possible. Use the Bayer Advanced™ Lawn Fungicide or if you prefer an organic fungicide, apply Serenade®.

Q.Can I put fertilizer down now to green up my lawn?

A.You can apply fertilizer to your lawn in summer, but make sure it is low in nitrogen (below 10%) and contains iron. This will green up you lawn without producing excessive new blade growth that will increase water stress on your lawn. I recommend Milorganite or Espoma® Organic Lawn Food, either the All-Seasons or Summer Revitalizer.

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