Spring flowers herald the change of seasons and bring us joy in the warmer months. Still, disease problems can arise from winter idleness and poor garden hygiene.
Plant pathogens can survive the winter either in the soil or in material left over from the previous season. bacteria and fungi such as Thielabiopsis and Phytophthora. There are also pathogenic nematodes, such as root-knot nematodes.
This article was originally written by Minda Daughtry and edited by Amanda Wilkins, a horticultural agent for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Lee County.