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Crazy weather year!
I am having some unique issues this year too. Keep the faith, we all might have a great fall garden
Both apples and peaches in our area are tough to grow at home because they need to be on a regular pesticide program to produce good fruit. As for your area check with your local county extension agent for specifics on what you need to do to have successful peaches and apples in your area
First, are the heavily mulched with pinestraw and are the junipers planted pretty dense. Now of course turf laid as sod around the rocks would work if they are in full sun which I assume they are since Shore Juniper thrives in sun. Another ground cover Asian Jasmine that if planted four to six inches apart and mulched heavily with pinestraw might do the trick. Also you might terrace the area to help with your slope.
Never had a scale problem with it so I don’t do anything but prune as needed
Hard to find in local nurseries. Try Plant Delights. They have a web site.
You got troubles and the dead areas should be cut out immediately. Also purchase Bayer 3-in-1 pesticide. Lowes, Home Depot and Walmart all carry this product and apply according to label directions and hope we can control it before it spreads to other parts of the plant
I use dipel but sevin will also work
Probably in this heat, too little water. Once the leaves look wilted they generally will drop but that does not mean the plant is dead. If the Camellia has been in the pot a long time take a sharp instrument about the size of a pencil and punch holes in the soil in several places. Water well. Also if the drainage hole is stopped up it could be too much water. Check that and if that is the case use something to unstop it.
Yes, the volunteer group at the Japanese
garden does that type of work. Mike Rushing in our group will do it for you professionally if you need him- john
Seems to me with all that foliage color you are going to need some nice green foliaged plant that blooms when the abelia is not in bloom. What about Dwarf Gardenia, Rosemary, Yewtopia(if partial shade) or Gumpo Azalea.
It should work but most folks recommend round-up or a good brush killer like brush-b-gone- john
Apparently it is not available in the market place unless it is old stock(which is fine to use). Most folks are replacing it with horticultural oil spray. It will take several applications to control scale if that is the problem.
The only control that I know of is to cut them off. I would recommend that you cut them off and discard in a trash can not the compost pile.