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Fungicide A Preventive, Not A Cure
Dear Plant Doctor: Hello, nic
again. I his lime I have gol a prob
lem with my dogwood. Enclosed is
a sample. The fungus(?)on this limb
seems to be also attacking the trunk.
What is this stuff? How can I
I appreciate ail your help.?Wil
Answer: The twigs you enclosed
in your letter do indeed have a fun
gus on them. However. I cannot ac
curately identify the responsible vil
lain with such a small sample.
Dogwood (Cornus floritla) is
prone to several dozen serious fun
gal disease problems Common dis
eases in eastern North Carolina in
clude the twig blights (Myxasporium
?>/' . Cryplostiais v/> and Sphacrop
sis \p.. dieback diseases such as Bo
tryosphaeria sp. and crown cankers.
No fungicide currently manufac
tured and labeled for dogwood will
cure any of these diseases. Fungi
cides are primarily effective in pre
vention of disease on plants vulnera
ble to infection.
Once a woody plant contracts a
disease, resins and other substances
are secreted by the plant to partition
the infected area off from healthy
tissue. If the plant is weak, then the
disease can spread throughout living
and non-living parts of the plant and
will usually cause the decline or
death of the plant.
The best solution to your problem
is to prune out all infected portions
of the dogwood tree. Do not use tar
or other paints to dress the wounds.
Most wound dressing can actually
Fertilize your dogwood immedi
ately after flowering with one cup of
K-X.X fertiliser for everv inch of
trunk diameter growth (at ground
level). Distribute fertilizer uniformly
within the drip-line under the
canopy of the tree.
Hope for the best. Good luck!
Dear Plant Doctor: I live smack
in the center of the Sandhills and ii
gets very hot in the summer. I have
tried to grow Kentucky bluegrass
and. despite a lot of watering, it will
1 sowed tall fescue (Rebel II) in
mid-October and it is looking beau
tiful Should I fertilize now or later?
What kind of fertilizer is best? How
should I best control spring weeds in
I thank you in advance for this in
Answer: I think you will find that
tall fescue does no better than
Kentucky bluegrass in the Sandhills.
Tall fescue (Festuca arundi
nancea) is a cool-season perennial
turf grass that is well adapted to the
clay- or loam-type soils of the North
Carolina mountains and piedmont.
Tall fescue can be grown in sandy
soils and the coastal plain if properly
fertilized, irrigated and mowed, but
the resulting lawn is not usually
worth the expense or effort. High
fungicide use will be required in the
summer to prevent brown patch
damage. Nematodes, insects and
other pests will cause problems dur
ing the hot, humid summer months
that will be very difficult to control.
If you insist on growing tall fes
cue, plan on cutting the lawn no
lower than 3.5 to 4 inches during the
summer. Lower mowing heights will
result in stand loss. Using four to
seven pounds per 1.000 square feel,
fertilize with slow release 16-4-8 or
15-5-10 fertilizer in January, Sep
tember and November.
Kroadleaf weed control can easily
lie accomplished with commercial
mixtures of 2.4D. dicamba and
mecoprop herbicides. Weeds can al
so be removed from the lawn manu
ally with a weeding fork or knife.
A number of N.C. Cooperative
Extension publications would be
useful to you. especially one called
"Carolina Lawns." Contact your lo
cal extension office.
Dear Plant Doctor: I have an in
sect that makes a large web with the
resulting "worms" devouring the
leaves on my pecan and persimmon
trees. My well does not have enough
pressure to force a spray to the top
of the tree. I cut out what I can, but
every year it is a bit worse. Any sug
gestions to get rid of these pests??
William Gause DAR Chapter
Marks Its 10th Anniversary
a presentation on ine history ot
its first 10 years highlighted the Jan.
15 meeting of the William Cause
Gwen Causey of Supply, chapter
historian, compiled the history and
presented it to chapter members.
Mary la>u White of Shallotte, re
gent. presided at the meeting held at
Woodhurn Presbyterian Church in
The local chapter of the National
Society, Daughters of the American
Revolution, held its organizational
meeting Nov. 27, 1983, with IS
women as the organizing members.
The chapter was named for
William Cause Jr., who headed the
Committee of Safety for Brunswick
County. He served as a soldier from
the Wilmington District and served
in the N.C. House of Commons. He
was horn about 1745 and died at
Gausc Landing in 1801.
During its first 10 years the chap
ter has presented a JROTC medal at
West Brunswick High School and
Citizenship medals at Shallotte
Middle and Waccamaw Elementary
Elected to serve as delegates to
the state meeting in Pinehurst were
Mary l.ou White, regent; Gwen
Causey and Theodocia Musselwhite.
White announced that the April
meeting will be a tour of Orton
Anyone interested in joining the
Daughters of the American Revo
lution should contact White at 754
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Answer: Spraying large trees fur
insects or disease problems is nearly
impossible these days because of en
vironmental. legal and logistical
problems. I suspect you have a prob
lem with eastern or forest tent cater
Spraying the caterpillars directly
with Orthene (acephate) works rea
sonally well when tents are near the
The use of the bacteria Bacillus
ihuringiensis is very effective if
used early in the battle against these
critters. Commercial formulations of
this product are called Bactospeine.
Dipel and Thuricide. Solo and other
brands of back pack sprayers offer
spray extensions that will allow you
to reach 10 or more feet into the tree
canopy for spraying.
Treating tree insect pests offers a
great challenge, Good luck.
Send your gardening questions
and comments to The Plant Doctor,
P.O. Box 1W. Bolivia. N.C. 2,U22.
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Odell Williamson Auditorium.
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