Pests & Diseases

Oh No! My Cherry Trees are Brown

March 29 2017 RHR 016Cherry and magnolia trees are blooming throughout the Delaware Valley but you may be asking why your flowers are brown and not pink. Some early blooming cultivars of cherries and magnolias have succumbed to frost damage and turned brown.  As a result, they have no blooms this spring, just browned flowers.

Most of the Prunus 'Okame' blooms were destroyed by frost. photo credit: R. Robert

Most of the Prunus ‘Okame’ blooms were destroyed by frost. photo credit: R. Robert

No need to panic. Your tree is not dead. It is just a victim of unseasonably warm temperatures in February and then a return to cold temperatures in March. The warm temperatures caused early blooming …

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What is that smell?

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Have you ever notice a “fishy” smell coming from the Dean Bond Rose Garden? This is part of our organic rose garden procedure. Applied roughly every two weeks depending on conditions, a mixture of fish hydrolysate and water (1.5 ounces per gallon) is sprayed liberally on the plants of the Dean Bond Rose Garden.

Black spot on leaves in the Dean Bond Rose Garden. photo credit: R. Robert

Black spot on leaves in the Dean Bond Rose Garden. photo credit: R. Robert

In addition to working as a fertilizer, fish hydrolysate applications function as a fungicide. Similar to a chemical fungicide, fish emulsion is applied while wearing protective gear; the entire plant is coated. …

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Beyond Beauty: Why your Rose Garden needs more then Roses

June 10 2015 Update RHR 049Have you visited the modern rose garden? The one interplanted with all types of flowering perennials, trees, and shurbs, alive with buzzing insects, chirping birds and awash in lovely scents. No longer will you find a garden of strictly roses with one month of wow and minimal interaction with birds, bugs, and bees. The renovated Dean Bond Rose Garden has been redesigned with sustainability in mind. The added benefit of considering sustainability in plant selection produces multi-seasonal interest in the rose garden as never before.

Today’s rose garden is interplanted with a variety of plants to encourage the growth of beneficial insect populations to help control unwanted pests. photo credit: R. Robert

Today’s rose garden is interplanted with a variety of plants to encourage the growth of

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