Common plant problems in the Atlanta area
PESTS, PROBLEMS & SOLUTIONS
Atlanta’s growing season provides plants with almost year around growth. Because of this long growing season pest populations can build to thresholds where plant damage can occur. The natural and man-manipulated environment in Atlanta can also cause stress and eventual decline in our landscapes and forests. The following is a list of some of the more common pests, cultural problems and environmental problems we may encounter year to year.

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De-icer - We don't get much snow or ice in the South but occasionally we have to deal with some icy sidewalks.  Many snow melt products are not good for plants, pets, concrete or metal.  Avoid using NaCl (rock salt and table salt) especially.  If possible use one of the newer "environmentally friendly" products such as more...
Deer, Rabbit and Goose Management - These critters can really wreak havoc on your landscape plants, more...
Dieback In Landscape Plants - Your landscape plants seem fine one day then suddenly they die or decline severely.  Does this sound familiar? more...
Dirt Mounds Showing Up In The Turf and Beds - Ground Bees , Cicada Killers and Earthworms May Be The Culprit more...
Disease or Mower Scalping? - If you are seeing circles in front of your eyes on your warm season turf the culprit is probably your lawn mower. more...
Dogwood leafspot - Spring rains bring more than jsut flowers!   Plant diseases find the environment ripe for attack on many plants. Dogwoods are very susceptible to various leafspots and in the Spring the leaves can become very distorted. more...
Dogwood with Cottony Maple Scale - Cottony Maple Scale actually can attack various hardwood trees including dogwoods.  Though quite showy and should be treated, it is not an aggressive spreader. more...
Dogwood with Powdery Mildew - Dogwoods are very susceptible to various diseases.  Powdery mildew usually infects dogwoods at the beginning of the growing season. more...
Dollar Spot - is a disease of warm season turf. more...
Dove Weed - This weed is easily confused with Virginia Buttonweed. more...
Drill/Soil Aeration - Drill/Soil Aeration is used around the base of large trees more...
Drought - surviving drought conditions more...
Drought damaged turf recovery watering regimen - If your turf is showing drought stress or hot spots use these guidelines for recovery and on going water maintenance. more...
Drought Photos - A collection of turf photos featuring drought stress. This is a very large file! more...
Dry spots or disease? - Hot weather can result in dry burned areas in the lawn. more...