Texas A&M experts suggest keeping tomato foliage and fruit dry when watering them and using a labeled fungicide as needed.
Ajuga leaves will turn brown and shrivel, but they’ll be replaced with new growth in a few weeks.
Dear Neil: How can I avoid this on my tomatoes this year?
A: It looks like anthracnose, a common disease of tomato fruit. Google “Aggie Horticulture tomato anthracnose photo” and you’ll see a photograph that is almost a match for yours. TAMU suggests that you keep the foliage and fruit dry when you’re watering them and that you use a labeled fungicide as needed.
Dear Neil: My bermuda lawn actually has only a few patches that make a thick carpet-like turf. Will overseeding it help give it a better look?
A: You don’t overseed bermuda. The seed is too fine. Dig plugs from the thick areas and transplant them into the thin spots. That’s a job for late April or May, once the grass is growing vigorously. Make sure the thin areas get the same amount of sunlight (eight hours of full, direct sunlight in summer). That might be a reason for the difference.
Dear Neil: I’ve been following your advice on various gardening topics, including pruning my live oaks between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. I’m concerned about the color of the attached image. I’ve noticed the dark coloring bleeding in on a couple of branches, but not on all the branches I cut. I used pruning sealant, but if there is a disease involved I want to take action sooner rather than later.