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Name: sue Geiner
NEVADA (Zone 9a)
May 7, 2016 9:23 AM CST
We recently planted 4 Texas Privet bushes to replace 4 that had died. Two of the four are doing ok. The other two have brown and yellow spots on the leaves. We have had enough rain recently, and we have watered them in-between the rain. We also have cats in the neighborhood that use this area as their toilet. What could be the problem? Thank-you
sue geiner
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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May 7, 2016 10:57 AM CST
Check the backs of the leaves for insect activity. The cat toilet issue wouldn't cause leaf spotting like that. In fact, it's highly unlikely to cause any problems whatsoever unless there are dozens of cats.

If you see insects, try a spray of soapy water - 1/2tsp. dish soap to a quart of water in a spray bottle and spray all surfaces of the leaves and the stems.

Did you replace or amend the soil where the dead bushes were growing? It's possible there was a soil issue of some kind that caused the other bushes to die. If no insects show up, maybe take a soil sample to be tested at your County Extension office.

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