There are four factors a fungus needs in order to grow: moisture, a host, ideal weather conditions, and a pathogen.

Here at Schneider, we are studying pathogens and aspects that affect them so that we can properly identify and treat diseases in your landscape. Diseases can be unpredictable; they won’t be present one day, but will pop up unexpectedly the next! Some diseases will affect only the foliage of your plants, while others are more subtle (and more deadly) like root rot diseases.

Foliage diseases are usually more prevalent during the springtime when moisture is high and temperatures are between sixty and eighty degrees. If a pathogen attaches itself to a leaf, it will spread out over the surface, causing the leaf to die. When leaves die, it causes stress in the plant. Why? Because the plant cannot go through the photosynthesis process and create energy for itself! The best control for foliage diseases is preventative treatment. Applying fungicides in the spring when all the factors are present for disease growth will help control these pathogens.

Properly identifying diseases is extremely important; we can apply the property product to control the disease once it has been identified correctly. Application without identification is harmful to the environment and a waste of money! We make sure we accurately identify the disease affecting your plants so that we can develop a management plan for your property.

We use application methods that target the areas of the plant where the pathogen is most likely to be. For foliar diseases, we will target the developing leaves of the plant during the spring season. For root rot diseases, we will apply a product to the root zone of the tree.

Preventing diseases in your landscape is another factor in helping your plants stay as healthy as possible. Prevention is key in protecting your investment and keeping your landscape beautiful.