Plant problems are sometimes difficult to diagnose. Plants may be bothered by pests and diseases, however, some plant problems have other causes. If your plant problem leaves you stumped, you may need to take a sample to your local nursery or garden center or local Master Gardener office.
There are three kinds of garden insect pests: “suckers,” “borers” and “chewers.” Examples include aphids, boring beetles and caterpillars, respectively.
Unlike insect pests, animal pests tend to take big bites out of your garden or others may prevent you from having a garden. Learn how to deal with garden visitors who tend to overstay their welcome.
Weeds are undesirable plants that compete with garden plants for water and nutrients. Sometimes purchased plants become “weedy” and may become a problem in your garden. Find out how to prevent and control weeds in your garden using organic or non-toxic methods.
Some plant diseases are easy to spot, while others are trickier to diagnose. Learn about the more obvious diseases of landscape plants and what to do if you aren’t sure what’s wrong with your plant.
Aside from insect and animal pests, weeds and diseases, there are other problems that can affect the plants in your garden. These problems are non-living and are called “abiotic” plant problems, although some of the problems are related to practices done by gardeners.