How To Spot Diseases In My Landscape?

Welcome back to Taylor Anthony 365, your trusted landscaping company in North Florida. One of the most common concerns our clients have is how to spot diseases in their landscape. As landscaping professionals, we have the expertise to diagnose and treat plant diseases, but it’s also important for homeowners to be able to recognize the signs of plant diseases early on. In this blog, we’ll provide tips on how to spot diseases in your landscape and when to call in the professionals.

Common Plant Diseases in North Florida

Before we dive into how to spot plant diseases, it’s important to know what types of diseases are common in North Florida. Some of the most common plant diseases in our region include:

  • Powdery Mildew
  • Rust
  • Anthracnose
  • Leaf Spot Fungus
  • Root Rot
  • Southern and Boxwood Blight

Each disease has its own set of symptoms and can affect different types of plants. These diseases can affect everything from turf to trees. For example, powdery mildew is a fungal disease that appears as a white, powdery substance on leaves and stems, while root rot is a disease that affects the roots of plants and can cause them to wilt and die.

Signs of Plant Diseases

There are several signs that indicate your plants may have a disease. These signs can include:

  • Discoloration: If the leaves of your plants are yellowing, browning, or turning black, it could be a sign of a disease.
  • Spots: Fungal and bacterial diseases can cause spots on the leaves and stems of plants. These spots can be black, brown, or yellow.
  • Wilting: If your plants are wilting or drooping, it could be a sign of a disease. Wilting can be caused by root rot or other diseases that affect the roots of plants.
  • Deformed growth: Some diseases can cause the growth of plants to become distorted or deformed.
  • Presence of pests: Pests can spread diseases to your plants, so if you notice an increase in pest activity, it could be a sign of a disease.

* There are various types of shrubs, such as Viburnum and Ligustrums, that commonly have leaf spot fungus and can be detrimental when 50% of the leaves start to show signs of infestation. Although this fungus can not be cured, treatments will prevent the spread and allow the shrub to grow healthy.

Preventing Plant Diseases

Prevention is key when it comes to plant diseases. There are several steps you can take to prevent diseases from taking hold in your landscape. These include:

  • Proper watering: Over-watering can create a breeding ground for fungal diseases, while under-watering can stress your plants and make them more susceptible to diseases. We can help you determine the right watering schedule for your plants.
  • Soil preparation: Healthy soil is essential for healthy plants. We offer a range of soil preparation services, including aeration, dethatching, and soil testing, to ensure that your soil is healthy and fertile.
  • Proper pruning: Pruning can help improve air circulation and reduce the spread of diseases. We can advise you on the best pruning practices for your specific plants.
  • Fertilization: Proper fertilization can help strengthen your plants and make them more resistant to diseases. We offer a range of fertilization services to meet the specific needs of your plants.

When to Call in the Professionals

If you notice any of the signs of plant diseases, it’s important to act quickly. In some cases, you may be able to prevent the disease yourself with a fungicide or other treatment. However, if the disease is advanced or affecting multiple plants, it’s best to call in the professionals.

At Taylor Anthony 365, we offer a range of plant disease control services to help keep your landscape healthy and disease-free. Our team of experts can diagnose and treat plant diseases, as well as provide preventive treatments to protect your plants from future infections.

For a free estimate, please call us at 904-230-3386 and discover why our clients prefer holding one company accountable for all their landscape needs.