Rain fell almost every day in June. July was cooler than usual with timely rain and high humidity. Thus, fungal issues have been abundant on many ornamentals. Rust, black spot, powdery mildew, and wilt have been bad this year. Many of these issues could have been avoided had the plants been given proper spacing at the time of installation. Consider the mature size (or desired maintained size) when designing and planting. Plant health problems resulting from overcrowding is a big problem with many plants that require good air movement. With the dog days of summer upon us, we are faced with these plant health problems that could have been prevented. At this time, fungal sprays will help some of these problem plants hold a few more leaves longer but will not eliminate the unsightly leaves that exist. The plant will drop these leaves when they don't have enough surface area to function at this time. Good sanitation of cleaning up the dropped leaves will help prevent re-infecting the plant.
Soon the dog days will be past and Comet and I will be getting ready for hunting season. New crops will be ready at the nursery and the pace will pick up as fall approaches. Until then, we're enjoying a refreshing swim in the lake.
♫ Hillsdale Lake is the place to be. Lake living is the life for me. Water spreading out so far and wide. Keep Olathe, just give us that lake lifestyle. ♪
(Our apologies to the late Eddie Albert and Green Acres.)