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Tuesday - July 26, 2011

From: Bastrop, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Diseases and Disorders, Pests
Title: Need help with powdery mildew and mites in Bastrop, TX
Answered by: Jimmy Mills


I tend to flower beds for the city. I have noticed a powdery mildew in 2 beds. It is on the Pavonia and Turks caps. I now notice mites. What should I do?


Mr. Smarty Plants has found several web sites with information about treating these aggravating pests.
Good luck

Powdery mildew:

  University of California at Davis

  Colorado State University

  Ohio State University

Spider mites

  University of Kentucky

  Colorado State University




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