Why Does My Photinia Have Spots?

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Photinias are a popular shrub used in landscapes across the eastern and central portion of the United States. It grows pretty quickly, reaching 6’ within a few years. They look good planted along fence lines or property lines and are useful for blocking the wind or blocking nosy neighbors. They are evergreens, which means they… Read more »

Should I Trim Back My Crepe Myrtles Every Year?

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Every year at this time of the season, I cringe at the sight of the “bad haircuts” on what should be large, beautiful Crepe Myrtle shrubs. Homeowners, and even “professional’ landscapers seem to whack back the stems on Crepe Myrtles to the same point they were pruned last year, and the year before that, and… Read more »

Rainy Weather Brings on Powdery Mildew in Oklahoma

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With the rainy, humid, and cool weather we’ve been experiencing this May in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, fungus diseases both in turf and ornamentals are out in full force. Powdery Mildew is one disease that is host-specific to shrubs, flowers, trees, and some vegetables in the vegetable garden. Common susceptible plants are azalea, crabapple, sprirea,… Read more »

Pruning Deciduous Shrubs

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Homeowners are eager to get out and do something in the landscape this time of year, especially when the weather is as nice as it’s been. One chore that can be taken care of during March is pruning certain shrubs and trees. Remember, not all shrubs need to be pruned, and certain shrubs that bloom… Read more »