It seems that everything is long behind-and planting and flowering garden, and the fight against weeds, and invincible aphids on your favorite roses. Only the fallen leaves crackle under the feet, dusted with the first snow. Late autumn calms and soothes.
Is it worth talking about pests and diseases, when all the work in the garden is finished? Yes, removed crop residues, cut dried branches, covered with heat-loving plants. How good to get out of the bustle of the city and just walk along the paths of the garden, sit near a warm stove or fireplace, enjoying the peace and quiet. But just like that in the evenings we have and there are questions – why?
Why irises badly wintered, why roses bloom poorly, constantly dry cherries, pine yellow. Issues happen a lot, and we all have different. But, I note, and plants in our gardens, and the problems are the same: the grassy – rot, leaf spotting, raids, shrubs – necrosis of the bark, spotting and raids, and trees suffer from root and stem rot and all the same spots and raids.
Autumn lesions on the leaves and raids of powdery mildew or rust is not found, but to inspect the shrubs and trees will not hurt. Why at the same Cornus or rosehip constantly dry out growing shoots and they have to cut all the time? Only in autumn, when there are no leaves on the bushes, you can notice that the Derain at the base of the stems have dark, drying ulcers, and the stems of the dogrose are affected by infectious burns. And “fashion” now tuberculariales necrosis may infect in the garden, ornamental shrubs.
Do you rejoice when in the garden, grow mushrooms? Of course, why go to the forest when mushrooms are right at hand. But the sawdust causes peripheral rot of wood, because of it all the tree shrubs and trees dry up. And why thins crown of pine, oak or birch, and the guns appear pretty leathery cap Polypores? Fungi-Polypores very much, some of them infect different tree species, and they all cause stem rot. So keep in mind that the appearance of leathery fruit bodies on the trunks indicates a serious problem that leads to rapid drying of trees.
The trees gradually cut, but the stumps somehow leave. But honey agaric and pine sponge are retained by the mycelium just the butt of the tree and can rapidly spread to all the neighboring plants. Have you looked closely at the wood you use to heat your fireplace? The cut will always be brown, moist, rotting parts of the wood. The fact that wood allowed a birch tree affected by stem rot. If you have to cut and chop wood, try to get all the sawdust and splinters were collected and destroyed.
Pieces of mycelium, imported into your garden with wood, can become a source of infection of ornamental plants. The same can be said about the wood of oak and alder. By the way, the latest mushroom – Pleurotus — in the forests grows mainly on alder, maple and aspen. And this mushroom is able to grow not only on trees, but also on a wooden house.
With wood, you can bring not only the pathogens of stem rot, but also a wide variety of stem pests. For many years we have been collecting firewood for wind and dead wood in the nearby forest, and now it turned out that our garden house is completely gnawed Tenebrionidae and their larvae.
At the peak of the construction boom on building materials sometimes allowed wood damaged by pests. This spring we bought several untreated boards on the walls of the greenhouse, and under the bark we found not only the passages, but also the living pests themselves. That’s how it turns out that pests fly, are brought with plants, with wood and lumber.
Is it worth talking about diseases and pests of plants, if they are part of our lives, if they spoil the decorative, reduce flowering and cause death of plants? Is it worth talking about the measures that will help to preserve our ornamental gardens? Or, maybe, it is better to pretend that it does not concern us, and diseases and pests – all this is not with us? The garden that you have created with your own hands is unique and beautiful, but, as practice has shown, any beauty should be able to protect.