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PLC Newsletter - October 2014

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October is full of scary surprises. There is the usual October surprise one party pulls on the other during election years. We all know about Halloween, and this year we have experienced Blood Moons and another surprise... fungi and spots on our trees and shrubs.

The summer of 2014 was unseasonably cool and wet. This causes ideal growing conditions for disease-causing organisms. Right now our tree and shrub customer properties are being treated for bacterial and fungal diseases on plants such as Gardenias, Hawthorns, Crepe Myrtles, Azaleas, Roses, Laurels, Euonymus, Viburnum, and Arborvitae.

Some of these are:

Twig Blight
Caused by fungii in Arborvitae Trees that kills the tips and often entire branches of trees.


powdery-mildew Powdery Mildew
If the leaves of your plants look like they've been treated to an after-bath dousing of talcum powder, chances are they've fallen prey to powdery mildew. Powdery mildew is also one of the most common problems of crape myrtles and roses. Development of the fungus is favored by high humidity at night and dry, mild daytime conditions, as often occurs during the spring and fall.


Black leaf spots
If your gardenia leaves have black spots, it is generally an indication of fungal infection or disease called "Sooty Mold." Sooty mold often appears during the summer months, after white flies attack your plant.


Cercospora Leaf Spot
These are yellow leaf spots caused by fungii on crape myrtles during periods of warm, moist weather. Yellow spots (1/8 to ¼ inch diameter) appear on the upper leaf surface with white-grey spores on the lower leaf surface. The disease can result in almost complete defoliation of the plant in late summer and fall in susceptible cultivars.


rose-black-spot Entomosporium Leaf Spot
Leaf spot usually first appears on the oldest leaves of an infected Indian Hawthorn shrub. Young spots are tiny, reddish and sometimes have a yellow halo. Spots eventually darken and enlarge. Dark, spore-forming bodies develop in the spots' centers, eventually produce masses of white spores and may look like they are covered with a glossy membrane. The disease thrives and spreads under moist, humid conditions.


Brown Spot 'Shot-hole'
There are two types of brown spot that affects Laurels. One is caused by fungi, the other is bacterial. On Brown spot caused by fungi the centers of the spots may eventually fall out, leaving irregular holes in the leaves that resemble damage from shotgun pellets - hence 'shot-hole'. The Bacterial 'Shot-hole' causes water-soaked lesions that enlarge and turn tan with yellowing halos. After leaf defences halt the enlargement of a lesion, the dead part eventually falls out - again, also referred to as 'shot-hole.

If you are not on our Tree and Shrub Care plan, You might want to reconsider!

poa-annua Right now our Lawn Care clients we are getting pre and post-emergents applications to prevent and control weeds. The main benefit of this application is Poa Annua, "annual bluegrass" prevention. This is THE most problematic weed that we deal with in Georgia. Our control method is going to provide the best results of any method possible. September and October provides a window of optimal prevention and it is closing quickly. After that the weeds have already germinated. The next application is Limestone.

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My hunting plans this year was to put some meat in the freezer while waiting on the big bucks to show themselves during the rut. I have been able to do that even though there's still room for another one. The pressure really subsides after that first arrow finds its mark. It's like catching a limit of fish in a tournament and spending the rest of the day culling the small ones.

While I'm waiting on the rut I like to try my hand at spotting and stalking. This is a fun way to hunt even though the success rate is very low. To ambush a deer and make a good shot on him with a bow is almost like a new hunting sport. It takes a whole lot of patience, planning, and Godspeed. I have to admit that I've hunted this way four or five times this year without success, but I have gotten real close. On one such episode I drew on small buck that was only five yards away thinking that it was a doe. I'm glad I didn't release that arrow too soon. As difficult as this style of hunting is for deer it's multiplied for turkey. But hunting is a weird sport where weird things happen at weird times. Last week was one of those weird moments where I was not only able to set up on a flock of turkeys but was able to shoot at three different birds until I finally hit one. I have no idea how something like that could happen, but that's hunting. And that's what makes it fun.

Forrest Gump once stated, "My momma said, life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." Forrest and his momma were right. And I'm glad that life is that way. This would be a pretty boring place if every day was the same and everything happened as we expected. Most of the time we gripe when things don't go our way as if our way was the standard. We somehow think that God is under obligation to give us ample warning when our schedules are adjusted. However, the comfort that we ought to find is not in living a life that has no surprises but in knowing that our Father is never surprised and will never be caught off guard by any event in our life. Remember, if the One we have our trust in is certain and steadfast, the rest of our life doesn't have to be.

Gary Miller

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