Turf Alive!

Turf Alive!® III Brand Grass Seed Grows slower, stays shorter! Turf Alive III Brand grass seed mixture needs less mowing because it grows slower and stays shorter than other tall fescues. It needs much less watering and weeding than bluegrass lawns! And it’s tough! Our two Turf Alive! Brand lawn seed mixtures have so many advantages, we don’t know why […]

Halo Blight (Beans)

Description: Symptoms of halo blight start as small watersoaked spots on leaves, which gradually turn dark brown. The spots remain small and become surrounded by a wide yellow-green halo. The spread and development of halo blight is favored by wet weather and plant injury from rain, hail, people or equipment. Halo blight develops best when temperatures are somewhat cool, in […]

Fusarium Root Rot (on Beans)

Fusarium Root Rot (on Beans) Description: Slow growth and appearance of red spots or streaks on lower stem and roots. First true leaves prematurely yellow and drop off. Diseased plants often stay alive by producing new roots near the soil surface; however, yield is severely reduced or eliminated. Solution: Minimizing soil compaction is very helpful in reducing fusarium root rot. […]

Angular Leaf Spot (Cucurbits)

Angular Leaf Spot (Cucurbits) Description: Angular to irregular water-soaked spots form in the leaves. When moist, droplets of bacteria ooze from the underside of lesions and dry to a white residue. The lesions later turn gray to brown, dry, and tear away, leaving large irregular holes. The bacterium overwinters in diseased plant refuse and on the seed coat. Disease is […]

Seed Starting Mix

Natural BeginningsTM Seed-Starting Mix Helps seeds germinate faster; promotes stronger, healthier seedlings Plants on the right  were grown in Natural Beginnings; those on the left were grown in a popular commercial seed-starting mix. Through extensive research and testing, Gardens Alive! has developed a coir-based seed-starting medium that outperforms popular peat-based mixes. Our tests show that seeds started in this medium […]

Cedar-Apple Rust

Description: Bright orange spots on leaves and fruit. Generally weakens the tree. Fungi that cause cedar-apple rust complete part of their life cycle on red cedar trees where in spring they cause large, bright orange, sticky lesions at the end of branches. Solution: Cedar-apple rust can be reduced by removing nearby eastern red cedar trees. Apply Soap-Shield® Fungicidal Soap two […]

Fusarium Basal Rot (Onions)

Fusarium Basal Rot (Onions) Description: First seen as curving, yellowing of leaf tips, progessively moving downward. Solution: Do not grow grain cover crops in rotation with onions or garlic. Maintain soil pH at 6.5 to 7.0. Test soil pH; if it is too acid, use ground limestone to raise pH. Most garden centers and farm stores sell ground limestone. Do […]

Fusarium Root and Crown Rot (Tomatoes)

Fusarium Root and Crown Rot (Tomatoes) Description: Entire root system is affected. Brown discoloration is obvious at the base of the stem. Disease progresses slowly from bottom to top, sometimes causing wilting. Disease is widespread in tomato growing regions. Solution: Maintain soil pH at 6.5 to 7.0. Test soil pH; if it is too acid, use ground limestone to raise […]

Downy Mildew on Roses

Downy Mildew on Roses Description: Downy mildew affects roses throughout the U.S. Infection begins on young plant growth. Leaves develop dark purplish to dark brown spots. Symptoms may resemble burns caused by pesticide toxicity. Humid, cool conditions favor downy mildew infection. Solution: If downy mildew has been a problem in the past, begin spraying Soap-Shield® Fungicidal Soap when new spring […]

Cabbage Maggot

Cabbage Maggot Description: The maggot is 1/3″ long, white, legless, with blunt rear end. Injury is almost entirely underground where maggots attack the roots of cole crops (broccoli, cabbage, etc.), making slimy tunnels in larger roots. Damage is worst when weather is cool and soil is moist.  First signs of injury: foliage discolors and wilts during the heat of day. Solution: Apply Grub-Away […]