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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Sanding issues article from the AJC By Debbie Arrington, The Sacramento Bee - Though the article is more about tree and shrub soil it also applies to turf. We constantly preach about the problems that develop when you top dress your turf with high levels of sand. Adding sand to clay planting soils causes problems also! Here is a great article that discusses the problems. more...
Sanding issues in warm season turf - Compaction + Reel Mowing + Sanding + Low Winter Mowing Height + Herbicide Resistant Poa = Uncontrollable Poa more...
Sanding/topdressing - you need to know the difference. more...
Sapsuckers - We see these beautiful birds in our landscapes but they really do not damage the trees! more...
Sasanqua with spongy leaves - see Exobasidium leaf gall more...
Scale Problems Worse During Droughts - Scale populations can explode during dry, mild winters and during drought conditions. more...
Seiridium Canker Reduction In Leyland Cypress - Simply watering your Leyland Cypress can virtually eliminate canker production. more...
Seminars - Here is a list of various seminars in PDF Format.  Please re-use only with permission more...
Shade Tolerant Does Not Mean Shade Thriving - We are seeing a lot of new warm season turf being installed in situations where the shade level is to high to support the turf. more...
Shower Water - Shower water is just another form of gray water and can be used for watering your landscape plants. more...
Shrub and Tree Pests - Common pests of Atlanta shrubs and trees. more...
Slow Turf Green Up? - You may feel that your lawn is way behind in greening up compared to your neighbor but in actuality full green up of warm season turf in Atlanta usually is not attained until sometime in May. So the lawns are actually not really delayed in greening up but just not as far along as some other years or when compared to other yards with varying growth conditions such as more sunlight, adequate water, less compaction, etc. more...
Sooty Mold - Sooty Mold is the black coating you may see on leaves. more...
Spider Mites or Spiders - Especially during the summer we receive many calls about "spider mite" webs on shrubs. more...
Spring Dead Spot - These spots can appear in warm season turf in the spring. more...
Spring Warm Season Turf Scalping - is essential to healthy turf. more...
Sprinkler Overthrow - problems with irrigation heads more...
Stem Blight - can occur on may plants. In most cases, more...
Stem Canker - usually caused by fungal activity more...
Sudden Dieback In Landscape Plants - Causal Agents for these sudden diebacks are varied. more...
Sweetgum defoliation - brown or stripped leaves may more...