Rose Rosette Virus
The rose rosette virus was first detected in the West in 1941, and now has made it to us in the East. The pathogen that causes this disease has recently been diagnosed as a virus. Multiflora roses are considered an invasive plant to our region are very susceptible to this disease and has helped in spreading the virus. The virus is caused by mites that feed on the tender new growth. Unfortunately all species of roses are susceptible to this disease even the widely used Knockout Rose, and there is no cure at this time. Some symptoms to look for are abnormal red color, overabundance of thorns, distorted and dwarfed leaves. Call Leydon Landscaping to help identify if your roses have the virus and how to dispose of it.

 

Growing Trends E-Newsletter

June 2014

Watering Tips for Container Plants
Now that summer is approaching and our urns and planters are getting full of beautiful flowering plants for us to enjoy this season, here are some helpful watering tips. The most important thing is to water the plant deeply, give them a good long drink. Water should be coming out of the drainage hole at the bottom of the container. By watering deeply you encourage the plant's roots to grow deeper in to the soil where it is wet and cool. Try watering in the morning, plants are more receptive to watering at this time than the evening. Also watering in the evening can cause plants to contract certain diseases, like mildew. Lastly, do not rely on the rain, if you think that quick shower was enough for your flowers…..most of the time it was not. The plants foliage can sometime act like an umbrella and shed the rain leaving your container soil very dry. It’s best to check to see if your plants are getting enough water by sticking your finger in the soil down to the second knuckle. If it feels dry at your finger tip it needs water.

Bulbs Maintenance
Now that the beauty of spring bulbs has faded, the question is what to do with them. Once the bloom of the bulbs has faded its time to “deadhead” them by clipping off the bloom stalk, this will help things look a little neater in the garden. As far as the rest of the bulbs foliage it should be left alone for now. It’s important that the bulbs keep their leaves so that the plant can put energy back into its bulbs for the next spring. This process of photosynthesis stores the energy (food) in the white fleshy part of the bulb. Bulb leaves need to be exposed to the sun so it’s important not to bunch, tie, or cut the foliage until it’s ready. Its may take as long as 6-8 weeks before the leaves are brown can be cut down. These open spaces in your garden can now be filled with colorful blooming annuals.

Annuals
Annuals accent your landscape and will provide continuous color throughout the season up until the first frost. It is time to think about adding that wonderful burst of color to your garden. Leydon Landscaping, Inc. are now installing annuals and can help you design and install the perfect annuals to use for that special spot in your garden whether it’s in full sun or shade.

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