Kelly W
Kelly W
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Asked on Jun 24, 2013

HOLY HELP ME PLEASE

PegKelly WSal kemple
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I consider myself an advanced gardener. I was in the yard yesterday inspecting the beds, everything looked great. I go out there today and one of my beds all of a sudden has a major problem, half of it just turned brown/black, leaves are curling up and I'm freaking out, never had this happen to me before. I don't know what to do. I don't even know what this is. check out the pics below. Whatever it is, it hit half the bed and then a few plants in a distant bed that is connected to this one but really could be considered separate, but only in spots.
If you look in the back round you can see other plants have not been affected
If you look in the back round you can see other plants have not been affected
black eye sue
black eye sue
bee balm
bee balm
holy help me please, gardening
28 answers
  • Cyndi Moore Tippett
    on Jun 24, 2013

    it looks like some kind of chemical was blown over it, like if you spray weed killer and then two days later you see the tops of your plants down wind got some of the spray and have turned brown.

  • Kelly W
    on Jun 24, 2013

    no weed killer, very cautious about that stuff because I have massive beds throughout the yard.

  • Kelly W
    on Jun 24, 2013

    could it be mold?

  • Sylvia Becerra
    on Jun 25, 2013

    Can it be powdery mildew?

  • Kelly W
    on Jun 25, 2013

    does that turn the leaves black and cause them to roll up

  • Kelly W
    on Jun 25, 2013

    what do u do for it

  • Sylvia Becerra
    on Jun 25, 2013

    I do believe it does. Powdery Mildew is a fungus. I heard water mixed with baking soda is good for this.

  • Sylvia Becerra
    on Jun 25, 2013

    or leaf curl?

  • Kelly W
    on Jun 25, 2013

    Im gonna try it tomorrow

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 25, 2013

    Powdery mildew would not make your plants look like that. Could someone have sprayed near you?

  • Cyndi Moore Tippett
    on Jun 25, 2013

    Could it be chemicals from your pool?

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jun 25, 2013

    It does look like it could possibly be chemical damage, pool or drift from yard chemicals

  • Kelly W
    on Jun 26, 2013

    That side of the bed is against the grass, the other side is against the pool and there's no damage there, you know the neighbor has a pool though on that side. I wonder if she did some chemical that might have drifted over. I don't use yard chemicals. The weird thing is the bed extends down the length of the deck and as you go down the deck you can see where it just hit like a plant here and then a plant there. Totally never experienced this and I hate to sound so dramatic but I'm devastated. This is a 3rd year bed and the bee balm was really getting ready to put on a show.

  • Gail Salminen
    on Jun 26, 2013

    @Kelly W I am not an expert in this area, but what I do when I can't figure out what is causing problems with my plants/trees is put a plant sample in a baggie and seal it then head to our local nursery. Explain the history and suspicions to the expert. So far I have been successful in obtaining useful advice to return them back to normal. Do let us know what the end results are.

  • Kelly W
    on Jun 26, 2013

    Thanks gail, my neighbor made this suggestion today, I'm gonna do it.

  • Trent-Tonya Sharp
    on Jun 26, 2013

    is your pool a chlorine pool ?? when I was little this happen to plants and flowers my aunt had planted near her pool so we was not aloud to splash the plants flowers or shrubs with the chlorine water.

  • Sharon Kavanagh
    on Jun 26, 2013

    You could also go to your local county extension agent or a master gardening club, They are just a boatload of info. Good Luck

  • Shirley Towe
    on Jun 26, 2013

    Have you weather sealed your deck recently? I did mine and the overspray got on some grass and plants close by and killed parts of them

  • Peg
    on Jun 26, 2013

    I've been called to client's homes on many occasions asking for my help on what happened to their plants, like overnight. This is actually quite common -I ask, "Did you water your plants yesterday" answer - yes. "If you used your hose and it was laying out in the hot sun, did you let the scalding hot water out before you sprayed your plants?" Ah Ha!!!! The poor plants got scalded with very hot water!

  • Pajunka
    on Jun 27, 2013

    Peg! You're amazing! Who would have ever thought of that? "Plant scald", huh.

  • Sal kemple
    on Jun 27, 2013

    I also notice you have a pool nearby. Is it possible that someone could have watered some of your plants with chlorinated water, a little kid perhaps? But I too am guilty of accidentally scalding plants from a water hose that's been on standby to water what needed and literally boiled those poor puppies!

  • Kelly W
    on Jun 28, 2013

    You know what @Peg I would never do this but now my man child, Hmmmmm I can almost see him doing it, thinking what a good job I'm doing. lol I bet he did, I'm gonna ask him.

  • Peg
    on Jun 28, 2013

    Kelly -"man child"...I'm rolling in laughter on that one!! If your "man child" is not a gardener, he may be jealous of the attention you give the plants and want to do away with them!! Just joking on that!! My guy is wonderful but thinks I'm too consumed with my gardens. Hey, I don't sit in the salon getting my hair or nails done nor do a shop for shoes and purses. I'm in the garden centers or the nurseries! :)

  • Kelly W
    on Jun 30, 2013

    I hear ya, I don't do nails/hair either, and if I'm home I'm in rags cause I'm usually covered in dirt. The neighbors laugh at us, just about dusk, you can usually hear him yelling out the window " hey are you coming in, it's getting dark". lol

  • Kelly W
    on Jun 30, 2013

    Aright everybody, mystery solved, we got a really good rain, the next day everything affected improved. Not a big fan of miracle grow, I like to go natural, buuuutttttttt, a shot of miracle grow and they look a lot better. Definitely some kind of chemical damage, probably my pool or the neighbors. They will not totally recover so I'm gonna have to tolerate them this year but at least the bee balm bloomed.

  • Peg
    on Jul 2, 2013

    I'm an EX L.I gal Kelly, my family is still there. Bayshore used to be my stomping grounds to go out dancing when in our 20's.

  • Kelly W
    on Jul 3, 2013

    really, born and raised here my self, I still do a little dancing my self down town, all the bars are still there, just some different names, lol what year did you graduate?

  • Peg
    on Jul 3, 2013

    graduated 1976 from Central Islip. My nieces and nephews now go to the clubs we used to and will drag our butts out for a night of fun.

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