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Organic Disease Control Newsletter



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Brown patch fungus in St. Augstinegrass

Back spot fungus on rose

Powdery mildew fungus on crape myrtle

The primary cause of insect and disease pest problems is the regular use of high-nitrogen synthetic fertilizers and toxic chemical pesticides. These products treat symptoms rather than the true problems and injure more beneficial life than the targeted pests. It’s as simple as that! Research has shown that pests are actually attracted to weak, unhealthy plants that resulted from using toxic chemicals and plants fertilized with artificial fertilizers.

Plant diseases are usually caused by three major types of living organisms: fungi, bacteria and viruses. Diseases are an imbalance of microorganisms and reestablishing that balance is the key to disease control.

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Naturally yours,

Howard Garrett
The Dirt Doctor

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