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by ND farm girl on August 15, 2006 12:43 PM
Is there a way to prevent this? We just bought one for the front yard. I hear the only thing people don't like about them are the suckers and they can get black knot. Is there a way to prevent black knot?

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PattyM
by The Plant Doc on August 19, 2006 10:51 AM
Unfortunately black knot is very common disease, and easily vectored in by insects. You can protect the tree against insects by giving it a ground drench of Merit. This may help, and also make sure you don't do any pruning until the late fall, after the insects have died off.
However, if your tree does develop the disease, prune off any infected branches immediately! The sooner the better. If you can catch it while the galls are still green, you stand a better chance of the diesase not spreading as rapidly.

Do not dispose of infected materials (including leaves) in a mulch pile) It is best to burn it or if not possible at least dispose of it in the garbage.

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by ND farm girl on August 19, 2006 02:16 PM
Sounds like a lot of work. Do you know of a good, pretty, flowering - colorful tree that is pretty hardy?

I'm not asking for much am I? [Embarrassed]

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PattyM
by The Plant Doc on August 19, 2006 03:04 PM
Lilac is the 1st that comes to mind, Magnolia would be another. Crab and other ornamental apples make wonderful displays, although they have been getting hit pretty hard recently in this area by anthracnose (a fungal disease, but not as much of a death sentence as black knot.
There is the Bradford pear, and also the honey locust. All which have wonderful floral displays and would be hardy for your area with the possible exception of the magnolia, I am not sure what zone Page is. [Smile]

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