Plant detective

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaHigh fever, nausea and headaches are all signs that a person is ill. If you pay attention to the signs, your landscape plants will let you know when they’re sick, too.”Plants put out symptoms just like humans do,” said Todd Hurt, a landscape specialist with the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture in Griffin, Ga. “You have to learn to be a landscape detective and pick up on the clues your plants are leaving you.”A former Cooperative Extension agent in Florida and Georgia, Hurt has done his share of plant detective work. He finds that most plant problems “are rarely the result of a single factor.”Ask a few questionsWhen diagnosing problems in your home landscape, Hurt says to ask yourself a few questions. Is more than one plant species damaged? How many plants are affected? Is the damage on all the plants or is it localized? When did you first notice the problem? Have you recently applied a pesticide, herbicide or fertilizer?When an insect attacks a plant, it is usually attracted to a specific plant species. “You won’t see an azalea pest hop over and feed on a boxwood,” he said.Bag or bottle ’emIf you find an insect on your plant, save it in a bottle of alcohol and take it to your county Extension agent for identification. If your pest is a caterpillar, preserve the critter first.”If your wife is willing to let you use the family stock pot, blanch the caterpillar briefly in hot water before placing it in a vial of rubbing alcohol,” Hurt said. “This will preserve the color until you can get to your county agent.”Plant leaf samples should be placed in a ziplock bag and kept cool until your county agent can identify the problem, he said. “Do not add water to the bag,” Hurt said. “Extra water will cause the sample to rot.”Root samples should be placed in a separate bag to avoid cross-contamination of soilborne diseases. Ask first, spray later If you think your plants have been infected by a plant disease, take a sample before you spray a fungicide. “If you take a sample after you spray, you could actually mask the disease,” he said. “If at all possible, wait until after you confirm the problem with your county Extension office. Most plant problems can be corrected without the use of pesticides.”Plant diseases move through a landscape progressively. “They will start in one area,” Hurt said, “and gradually move to all the plants.”You can diagnose a plant problem, too, by looking at where the plant is affected. “If the entire plant is brown, you’re most likely dealing with a root problem,” Hurt said. “If it’s just on the new growth, you know that you’ve discovered the problem quickly.”Don’t rule out human errorYellow leaves can show that your plant needs more water, he said. On the other hand, Hurt has seen plant leaves turn yellow as a result of human error.”I once got a call from a man who wanted to know how to treat his plants for yellow leaves,” Hurt said. “All of the plants along one side of his home had turned yellow. After looking at the plants and talking with him, I figured out his plants were actually suffering from the effects of the bleach he used to pressure-wash his house. No pesticide or herbicide was going to cure them.”If the damage is distributed evenly across your entire landscape, the cause is likely environmental, he said.Environmental factors that affect plants also include cold or drought damage or, as in the case of the bleached plants, damage caused by humans, he said.Another case Hurt solved involved burned leaves.”It wasn’t drought or lack of water,” he said. “The leaves were burned by the sheets of black plastic he placed on the plants to protect them while he painted the house.”last_img read more

Walton leads VC XI in game to honour Chanderpaul today

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC) – Chadwick Walton will captain the UWI Vice Chancellor’s XI against touring England in a 50-overs match here today which will be used to honour veteran former West Indies left-hander Shiv ChanderpaulJamaican Walton, who has already played all three formats for West Indies, leads a side which includes the likes of Youth World Cup stars Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul, along with Chanderpaul’s son, Tagenarine Chanderpaul.The game, which will be played at Warner Park, will see the senior Chanderpaul honoured with a special commemorative plaque for his outstanding contribution to West Indies cricket.Chanderpaul finished second in the West Indies all-time career aggregates with 11 867 runs in 164 Tests, only behind the imperious Brian Lara.His last Test was against England in Bridgetown two years ago.Tagenarine will receive the award on his father’s behalf.SQUAD – Chadwick Walton (captain), Amir Jangoo, Anthony Alleyne, Cameron Pennyfeather, Cassius Burton, Jermaine Levy, Kharry Pierre, Keemo Paul, Keon Harding, Obed McCoy, Shimron Hetmyer, Tagenarine Chanderpaul.last_img read more

Rohit Sharma advocates patience with Rishabh Pant

first_imgAdvertisement 60ovNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsrfWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7k06b( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) karWould you ever consider trying this?😱x28qCan your students do this? 🌚zvjt8Roller skating! Powered by Firework Rishabh Pant is a rising star in Indian cricket and in both white ball formats, the youngster has had some memorable innings. Although there is a lot of competition for the wicket keeper batsman spot in the Indian Cricket Team, Rishabh Pant has Rohit Sharma’s trust.Advertisement Sanju Samson is coming off an execellent domestic season form and an impeccable double century for Kerala in the Vijay Hazare trophy. However, Rohit Sharma hints at Pant over Samson in this selection dilemma while speaking at the IND vs Bangladesh t20i series’ opening match press conference.Advertisement “[Both Samson and Pant] are really talented but we have stuck with Rishabh Pant all this while. And this is the moment that he embraces more, this is the format that gave him a lot of attention. This is the format where he excelled to start with and caught people’s attention.“We have to stick with him for a while and see how he performs and what he does. We have seen how well he can take the game forward when he has his day. We just have to back him more. He has hardly played 10-15 T20 matches so it is still too soon to judge whether he is good or not. There is a lot of time left before we pass any judgement on [Pant],” Rohit said.Advertisement “We have got to see the conditions, what the pitch has to offer because a lot has got to do with how the pitch is going to play. If the pitch is low and slow, slower bowlers come into play a lot. Which means we might have to play three spinners. If the pitch has some grass and we feel there might be some bounce as well, we might play three seamers as well. Everything depends on the conditions,” Rohit said. Advertisementlast_img read more