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Nutrient Deficiency

Description: Not all plant problems are caused by insects or diseases. Plants require nutrients to stay healthy and those aren’t always readily available. The first sign

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Poor Drainage

Description: Poor drainage is a common landscape problem and is considered by many to be one of the biggest killers of landscape plants. In areas with

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Water Deficiency

Description: Tree health and growth depend upon an adequate supply of water. Normally, rainfall supplies enough to sustain healthy trees. Even moderate dry periods can be

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Lightning

Description: Trees, because they are normally the tallest point around, are natural lightning rods. When a tree is struck by lightning the liquids inside the trunk

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Girdling Root

Description: Girdling root is defined as “a root that grows around the trunk of a tree, thus tending to strangle the tree”. Normal movement of water

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Construction Damage

The construction process can be devastating to surrounding trees when there is no protection plan in place. Broken branches are commonplace but damage done underground

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Black Knot

Description: Black knot is a serious disease of plum and cherry trees caused by the fungus Apiosporina morbosa. It is referred to as black knot because

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Cedar-Apple Rust

Description: Cedar-apple rust can be very harmful to the health of apple trees. If severe infections of cedar-apple rust continue for several seasons, apple tree death

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Fire Blight

Description: Fire blight gets its name from the burnt appearance it leaves on affected blossoms and twigs. It is one of the most devastating and difficult-to-control

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Hypoxlon Canker

Description: The following is a description of hypoxylon canker in oak, taken from the Texas Plant Disease Handbook: “Hypoxylon Canker (fungus – Hypoxylon atropunctatum and other Hypoxylon

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