Answer: Many problems with plants here are caused by improper watering. Plants become stressed and research shows that pests seek out stressed plants. Make sure they are receiving water through the entire root system. Water should penetrate at least 1 foot deep, or up to 2 feet, depending on the size of the plant. Water should be applied just past the dripline, or canopy, of the plant where the feeder roots are actively absorbing water and nutrients. You may want to apply a balanced fertilizer, but water thoroughly the day before and immediately after applying to prevent burn. Apply a two-inch layer of mulch around the plants to help maintain soil moisture and as it breaks down it will add nutrients to the soil.
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