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Smooth patch 1Shrub Doctor noticed a good example of  smooth patch fungus activity on this tree today. Also known as white patch, this fungus decomposes the corky outer bark layer of the tree. Since the patch fungus only invades the nonliving outer bark tissues, no harm is done to the tree. Smooth patch is one of many natural occurrences that can be found in our landscapes. No treatments are needed, and your tree should recover over the future seasons. If you notice concerns with your trees and shrubs within your landscape give Shrub Doctor a call. One of our ISA Certified Arborists will be glad to schedule a visit and provide solutions that will keep your plants healthy and vigorous for many years to come.

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Scale treatment 1Scale treatment 2Scale treatment 3We took the opportunity the other day to treat a grove of huge camellia shrubs that were infested with scale insect activity. Shrub Doctor has had great success killing scale infestations with horticultural oil and our backpack fogging machine. We blast the oil into the canopy of the shrubs suffocating the scale. We have used this non-toxic method to control scale activity with our customers for many years. If you have a scale insect problem, call Shrub Doctor at 704-920-0290. We will promptly visit your landscape and get your landscape back in control.

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Azalea 2015About two years ago I found several azaleas thrown into a pile by the side of the road. They were all very weak and drying out. I took about 10 of them home and repotted them. Since then I have given them all away but this one. After only a few seasons this azalea is doing great. No one would ever know it was a shrub that was saved from the landfill. M. Tally.

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Holly Leaf Spot FungusWe were servicing our Shrub Doctor customers today and came across an issue with Holly Leaf Spot Fungus. In the photo you will see that this fungus does not necessarily effect just hollies. The top leaf is from a Magnolia tree, the bottom left is an Acuba shrub, and the other a holly. All three of these plants are in an area near a stream. In addition to the location, our Charlotte Metro area has experienced an abundance of rainfall this season. This issue can lead to heavy defoliation of the plants. In most cases the plants will flush new growth in the Spring. Holly Leaf Spot is a cosmetic concern and is usually not fatal. You can minimize leaf spot activity by keeping your landscape properly pruned and clean of debris. Good airflow throughout the area is vital. Its also best to keep your plants on a healthy diet of balanced organic nutrients. Healthy plants resist disease just as healthy humans. If you see this condition in your landscape, give Shrub Doctor a call. We can help you with solutions that will reduce leaf spot fungus on your shrubs and trees. Shrub Doctor Inc. 704-920-0290.

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