Attn: PLANT PEOPLE - - WHAT is eating my garden?

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Are there GARDEN experts amongst us?

I need help!

I have heard that you can make a mixture of Ivory Liquid (which has no sulphates in it) and vegetable oil and water that will be an effective fungicidal spray for plants. I need to know the correct proportions. I have searched the internet and found VAST differences in the answers.

I have many crepe myrtles. I have a younger one, a little over 5' tall that I planted about 2 or 3 yrs ago. It is blooming and has many buds and is still getting taller but the leaves are falling off and have been all summer. There are lots of little branches now that are bare. The leaves turn yellow, and/or get a little rusty looking, then fall off. This is the first year I've had problems with it.

About 12 feet away is a lovely peach colored rose bush that was here when I bought this house 5 yrs ago. It has black spot on the leaves every summer and I keep it at bay by spraying with a garden fungicide. This same fungicide does help the crepe myrtle some but I have to spray it every single day. My hand gets cramps from all this spraying and it gets expensive.

What I really want it to KILL and ERADICATE this fungus or mircrosopic life form that is eating my plants. What can I use? If you've had success with the Ivory liquid, please tell me how to make it. If you know something better that will be more effective and last longer, please let me know.

Thanks so much, all you good SP Friends!

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    I don't have an answer for you Karen, but I will keep an eye on your blog and see if anyone else can help. The drought has hurt all my plants this year. Best of luck to you.
    2100 days ago
    Wish I could help. My hubby is the plant specialist here.
    2103 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I'm sorry, I am not a gardener at all...hope you find out though! I am the same way...I LOVE my animals and trees and bushes and don't want anything "messing" with them! HUGS
    2104 days ago
    Your county should have a farm and garden department. Have you tried them?
    2104 days ago
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