Ligustrum Shrubs
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My 5 yr old Ligustrums have bare spots and curled up leaves! What is the problem and how do I fix it?

Zone Waco TX 86557 | Rgdsplace added on June 26, 2019 | Answered

Live in central Texas. They did not flower this spring.

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BushDoctor
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Answered on June 26, 2019

From my limited research, it would appear that you may have had a significant amount of rainfall in your area this year, or possibly at the end of last. This would tell me that it may be a fungal infection or blight of sorts.

Ligustrum are usually pretty hardy, and resistant to disease, but heat coupled with a wet period is guaranteed to produce an infection.

Fortunately, the cure will be relatively easy. Apply a HANDFUL of DOLOMITIC LIME and a TABLESPOON of WETTABLE SULFUR per shrub. Scatter this through the soil.

After, you will want to use a spray fungicide for the upper portions of the plant. This article will help:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/using-fungicides-in-garden.htm

This article will help you with the general care of Ligustrum: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/ligustrum/growing-ligustrum-shrubs.htm

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