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Viburnum leaf beetles and their larvae are now active - Check arrowwood and cranberry Viburnums for skeletonized leaves.

Meanwhile, Snowball Viburnum Aphids cause curling of new leaves on several Viburnum varieties.

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Viburnum leaf beetles and their larvae are now active - Check arrowwood and cranberry Viburnums for skeletonized leaves. Larvae can be found on leaf undersides. Damage can be severe if this pest is unchecked. Tapping branches can dislodge large numbers of the larvae, but may not be an adequate ...control option.

Meanwhile, Snowball Viburnum Aphids cause curling of new leaves on several Viburnum varieties. Check inside curled leaves for the aphids. There is only one generation per year, and leaves produced later will be unaffected by this pest. Contact insecticides may not reach inside the curled leaves where the aphids are. V. plicatum, Doublefire viburnum, is one of several viburnums that are resistant to this pest.

Dogwoods are in bloom!

We didn't get close enough to see what caused this but it could be one of two reasons.

*If this tree was grafted for any reason, the white flowered branch could be coming from the root stock

*The branch with the white flowers could be ...genetically reverting back to one of the parent varieties.

What's even cooler is that the rest of the year, there is very little noticeable difference at all. Spring really is magical!

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As we gear up for gardening in full force, keep these safety tips in mind while you're out in the garden. Whether that garden is in your back yard, or on a community plot - make sure you are safe while outside. Training yourself now makes it much easier in the hot, summer weather.

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