Rust Disease

Rust in another common problem affecting our local plant life.  Unlike Fire Blight, Rust Disease is caused by a fungal infection rather than bacteria.  The leaves are most commonly affected by this disease and cause a brown “rust like” color to form.  Rust should be treated by clearly raking the leaves from infected plants as soon as they fall.  Also apply a fungicide to infected trees until the signs of rust are gone. 

 

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