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Effective Control Methods for Japanese Beetles and Grubs in Your Garden

Japanese beetles and their larvae called grubs, can heavily damage gardens and lawns. The grubs which were beetle eggs emerge from the ground as adult beetles. The grubs feed on the plants roots causing substantial root damage and the adult beetles feed on plant foliage resulting in rapid defoliation and crop loss. They are harmful …

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Tomato plant diseases pictures

Leaf diseases: Diseases caused by fungus that attack the tomato leaves. Leaf diseases in tomatoes will mainly attack the leaves, but as they develop, cracks may form in the foliage and create damage to the stems and fruits. Leaf diseases affect the growth, the product and require early detection and treatment. Early Blight: Alternaria Solani …

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Vegetables’ physiological problems

Sunscald – Appears when the fruit is exposed to direct strong sunlight, after being in the shade for an extended period of time. Reduce the intensity of the sun, by net shading, when the fruits reach the right size, or encourage good leaf growth. Cracking and splitting – The main factor that causes fruit cracking …

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Tomato pith necrosis

Caused by a bacterium in the soil called pseudomonas, it attacks only tomatoes and is expressed as brown /black lesions on infected stems and petioles. When stems are cut, the center of the stem (pith) may be extensively discolored, hollow, or degraded, causing wilt. It mainly attacks plants that are growing vigorously because of excessive …

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Bacterial leaf spot treatment

This disease is caused by four species of bacteria. It occurs in tomato and pepper. It causes leaf and fruit spots, which leads to defoliation, sun-scalded fruit, and yield loss. leaf lesions are initially circular and water-soaked and surrounded by a faint yellow halo. When the disease affects the young pepper plants, it causes severe …

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What beats slugs

They devour plant leaves and leave behind a slimy residue. The slug can follow any slime trail left from the night before. The trails make a highway straight to the plants. They feed on a wide range of host plants, but are especially partial to young, succulent plants. They are most active at night and …

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Fusarium wilt treatment

The fusarium fungus harms the root, and the water & minerals transport tissues (xylem and flume), in the plants. Expressed in the wilting of the leaves, root rot and a significant reduction in yield. The fungus harms many species, including banana, lettuce, potato, tomato, melon, watermelon and cucumber. The fungus spores can survive in the …

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