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Timely Tendings: In April, watch for dry lawns, oak leaf blister disease Timely Tendings: In April, watch for dry lawns, oak leaf blister disease

Watch out for dry lawns, tree disease this month

April is an eventful month in the yard and garden. Insects are busily munching on their favorite plants. Winter annual flowers are still blooming, but will soon need replacing. The grass is growing lushly, which means you will now need to mow more often than you did during winter. April is also historically our driest month. For more information on the water restrictions in our area, please visit tbtim.es/restrictions.

Oak leaf blister is a disease we see nearly every spring. It develops during cool, wet weather becoming epidemic at times and infecting almost every leaf on the tree. While the blisters may be unsightly and cause excessive leaf fall, this disease seldom causes permanent damage. For more information on oak leaf blister, please visit tbtim.es/oakblister.

Magnolia trees are called broadleaf evergreens, but they do shed their old leaves during spring. These old leaves turn pale green or yellow and drop. Trees do not become entirely bare. Occasionally a magnesium or iron deficiency will cause yellow leaves, but they have a distinctive pattern that can be easily identified.

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