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What is Tree Scale, and what can homeowners do about it?

You may not have noticed these bizarre little insects on your trees or shrubs until you notice the yellowing leaves or stunted growth…something about your tree just doesn't look right. You flip...

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Phytophthora: Plant Destroyer!

The word phytophthora is Greek, meaning “plant-destroyer!” This pathogen is found in soils all over the world and often destroys plants from the bottom up, starting with the roots.

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Anthracnose: A Tree Disease as bad as it sounds

Anthracnose, even the name sounds bad! This fungal disease affects the leaves and new shoot tips of trees and shrubs. It can severely weaken the plant if left unmanaged and is just plain ugly! In...

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Wood Boring Beetles & Other Tree Bugs to Look Out For

Whether you spell it "wood boring," wood-boring" or "woodboring," the one thing for certain about these insects is that they're a huge problem for trees across Texas. Their tunnels block water and...

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Bacterial Leaf Scorch: How to spot it and what to do about it

Bacterial leaf scorch—or BLS—is a disease that affects many different kinds of trees, including several popular shade trees. Also called bacterial leaf spot, it can slowly kill a tree. The...

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What is Fire Blight? One of the worst pear and apple tree diseases

Is something not quite right with your pear or apple tree? Do the flowers looks water soaked? Have the twigs turned black, shriveled up, and formed the shape of a shepherd’s crook? Do your once...

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Oak wilt disease: What you need to know about it

Oak wilt. It's nasty. Highly contagious. Fast-acting. Deadly. A tree disease that's been around for a little over 50 years and is wiping out oak trees across the country.