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Sazz101Sazz101 BucksPosts: 163

Hello! I'm new to gardening and struggling with a disease (I think) which is affecting the evergreen shrubs in my small garden. Does anyone recognise this? And if so, what can I do about it? The chalky soil in my garden is making it's really difficult to get anything to flourish, so these evergreens are very precious until I can find something else that can add winter interest. Many Thanks in advance.

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,164

    I THINK IT MIGHT BE SCAB. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS AND COMPARE.

    http://thebuddinggardener.net/?p=235

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Sazz101Sazz101 BucksPosts: 163

    Thank you very much Pansyface. Yes, that looks like it. Does anyone have experience with successfully treating this? The article suggests cutting way back, incinerating the waste, and then spraying with funguscide. Thing is, there's no healthy place to cut back to! Do I cut back completely at this time of year? 

    Last edited: 02 April 2017 19:11:58

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,164

    TAKE A LOOK AT THIS

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=81

    PYRACANTHA IS RELATED TO APPLES AND THE SCAB IS THE SAME. AS YOU CAN SEE, THE RHS OFFERS SOME ADVICE ABOUT SPRAYING WITH FUNGICIDES. 

    A LOT OF OLD REMEDIES WERE OUTLAWED WHEN THE EU GOT ITS CLAWS INTO GARDENING. YOU MAY BE ABLE TO FIND A FUNGICIDE THAT WILL WORK AGAINST SCAB.

    JUST WATCH THE WAY GARDENERS GO STIR CRAZY WITH THEIR SPRAY CANS ONCE BREXIT COMES ABOUT. image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Sazz101Sazz101 BucksPosts: 163

    Some positives to Brexit then. Thanks Pansyface image I'll set out for fungicides at the weekend and cut right back. 

  • Tania11Tania11 Posts: 5

    There's reasons that fungicides and pesticides are banned - it's not just done on a whim to annoy people! Many of them are toxic to wildlife and even though pronounced safe to use some of them can, over time, be found to be dangerous, for exampe Glyphosate which was thought to be completly harmless at first but now the opposite is true.

    It's always best to try and limit use of pesticides/fungicides if at all possible.

    https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/glyphosate-debate

  • Mark56Mark56 Windsor, BerkshirePosts: 1,653

    Remove as many affected leaves as you can and feed/water the pyracantha well. Mine bounced back from a case of it last year, yours can too. image

  • Sazz101Sazz101 BucksPosts: 163

    Thanks Tania.

    Mark thanks for the hope! I'll try this first as I dont want to loose the height by cutting back. image

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,164

    HA HA TANIA.

    YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVEN'T GOT THE MEASURE OF MY SENSE OF HUMOUR YET.

    I AM OLD ENOUGH TO HAVE SEEN DDT THROWN ABOUT WILLY NILLY IN DE-FLEAING MATTRESSES IN THE POORER PARTS OF SHEFFIELD.

    I HAVE SEEN NICOTINE SPRAY BANDIED ABOUT BY HAPPY ALLOTMENT KEEPERS.

    OVER THE LAST SIXTY OR SO YEARS I HAVE SEEN A LOT OF NEW, IMPROVED TYPES OF KILLER SOLD FOR ALL SORTS OF JOBS ABOUT THE HOME.

    I AM CURRENTLY LIVING WITH A TYPE OF BONE MARROW CANCER WHICH THE CONSULTANTS BELIEVE MAY HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY EXPOSURE TO PHENOLS.

    AND I HAVE BEEN AN ORGANIC GARDENER ALL MY LIFE.

    IT'S A FUNNY OLD WORLD AND YOU CAN ONLY LAUGH.image

    Last edited: 03 April 2017 21:37:11

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Sazz101Sazz101 BucksPosts: 163

    Hi Pansyface. Thank you for the context around pesticides. Yes, when I first started working in labs we used many different chemicals 'willy nilly' which are now only used using protective equipment. 

    Im sorry that you're living with this disease. Yes, it is indeed a funny old world, and not a fair one. If you're laughing you're going well image

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,164

    GOING WELL AND NOT GONE YET.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
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