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Plant balled and burlapped, balled and potted, and container-grown ornamental landscape plants.


One of the first priorities after selecting a fall planting site and before planting is to test the soil. Soils in established landscapes should be tested every three years and corrective action taken as needed.


Irrigate newly planted or established ornamentals any time there is less than 1 inch of weekly rainfall and plants are actively growing. Apply water at the rate of 1 quart per square foot of planting area on poorly drained soils. On well drained soils, use a half-gallon of water per square foot. Be sure to maintain adequate moisture levels this month to ensure good root growth prior to winter dormancy.


For newly planted ornamentals, you may apply a pre- emergence herbicide before spreading a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch over the soil in the bed or around trees.


Warning! Not all formulations of all recommended pesticides are labeled for all suggested uses. Buy formulations that are labeled for the specific pest problem. Follow all pesticide label directions and precautions.

When a particular pest becomes active depends on the weather conditions in your area. The pest management guide gives general guidelines for a broad geographic area. Depending on your location, a particular pest may appear early or late within the month(s) in which the pest is listed.

Pest Common Hosts Controls ------------------------------------------------------------ Insects fall webworm many ornamental Diazinon, Dipel, trees methoxychlor, Orthene, Sevin, Thuricide

Diseases Botrytis blight rose Benlate

canker and rot most ornamentals Prune out infected plant parts.

crown gall euonymus, rose Destroy infected plants.

powdery mildew most ornamentals Benlate, sulfur

twig blight juniper Benlate

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