This is a down to earth garden tip from Martin’s Pet and Garden Center.
As homeowners and gardeners, we have invested time and money in our landscape and garden plants. When plants don’t look or grow like we think they should, we seek answers on what is wrong. We here at Martin’s welcome those questions you may have.
Sometimes diagnosing plant problems is easy. However other times it is more difficult. The best practice is to bring in a sample of the problem. The plant sample should be fresh as possible. Week old plant samples are hard to diagnose. Small plant samples should be put in a bag so nothing is shaken off, like tiny insects. We usually like to see a plant sample that includes the problem area, a transition area and a good area. An evergreen branch that shows both brown needles and green needles is helpful.
Photos help as we can see where the plant is growing in relation to other plants to other plants or buildings. If an in insect is brought in, what kind of plant was it found on?
Good samples help us help you. For your lawn and garden questions, stop by Martin’s Pet and Garden Center in downtown Elkhart, where we make YOU the expert.