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Juniper root rot - solution?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by jasond, Aug 13, 2003.

  1. jasond

    jasond LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    I have a customer who has over 400 plants of creeping juniper (in the form of a hedge). I am 99% sure that the symptoms seen are root rot...especially due to the amount of rainfall received in NC. The tips are turning dark brown, and golden mushrooms are appearing along the base of the plants.

    Question - The treatment calls for entire removal of the affected plants. Has anyone had any other success, using a granular fungicide (Bayleton) or by aerating the soil around the roots (puncturing and blowing air into the soil). My customer is worried sick that we will have to remove them all...she does not want the expense of planting another 400 and waiting 12 years to let them fill in again.

    FYI - this hedge is ~120 LFT x 15 LFT and is on a slope/bank, shared with a magnolia and a sweet gum.

    HELP me HELP my customer!!! Thanks!
  2. NAT

    NAT LawnSite Member
    from Zone 7
    Messages: 96

    Take a whole plant t o a extension service and they may charge you a fee,but let the property owner pay the fee. rootrot ,you canstrip the bark from the roots. had good results with subdue maxx.
  3. Dchall_San_Antonio

    Dchall_San_Antonio LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 327

    The universal organic solution to all garden fungal diseases is to apply corn meal at 2 pounds per 100 square feet in the root zone. What can it hurt?

    The research on this was done at Texas A&M at Stephenville.

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