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Early blight on tomatoes
July:  Fungal Diseases on Tomatoes

Early blight and septoria leaf spot are two common fungal diseases that attack tomatoes resulting in spotted and wilting leaves.  Older leaves are usually attacked first.  If the disease is not controlled, it can spread to younger leaves and the older infected leaves can turn brown and fall off.  For detailed information about these diseases:

Early Blight of Tomato

Septoria Leaf Spot


Frequently Discussed Topics

Following are publications that answer the most frequently asked questions the Plant & Pest Hotline staff receive this time of the year. Please call or contact us with your questions at 248-858-0902.

July Landscape Guide

Coping with Grass Clippings (OC0308)

Deer Resistant Plants (E3042)

Early Blight of Tomato

Fertilizing Home Lawns (E0005turf)

Giant Hogweed (E2935)

Gypsy Moth and Your Shade Trees (E2634)

Home Lawn Grub Products 2014

Irrigation Practices to Preserve Water Quality (E0009turf)

Lawns and Shade (OC0183)

Mosquitos of Michigan (OC0489)

Mowing Lawn Turf (E0013turf)

Poison Ivy (E2946)

Rose Black Spot (BP139W)

Roses (OC0046)

Scale Insects (OC0152)

Septoria leaf spot on tomato leavesSeptoria Leaf Blight of Tomato

Slugs (OC0211)

Spotted Wing Drosophila (E3140)

Spray Schedule for Pest Control on Apples, Crabapples, Quince and Pears

Spray Schedule for Pest Control on Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots, Cherries and Plums

Spray Schedule for Pest Control on Brambles (Blackberries/Raspberries)

Spray Schedule for Pest Control on Strawberries

Spray Schedule for Pest Control on Blueberries

Spray Schedule for Pest Control on Grapes

Spring-Summer Houseplant Guide

Summer Lawn Care (E3180)

Summer Patch (BP115W)

Weeds in Turf

Winterkill of Turfgrass (E0019turf)


Seasonal Resource for Current Conditions and Plant/Pest Problems

An excellent resource for current conditions and plant/pest problems is the MSU Extension News web site, written by MSU faculty and MSU Extension staff.  These seasonal electronic articles offer Lawn & Garden pest management advice regarding a variety of topic areas such as Community Gardening, Composting & Recycling, Home Gardening, Landscaping, Pest Management, Turf, and Water Usage.  You can subscribe to various topics and have updates to their web site sent to you automatically.

Food donation fact sheet available from MSU Extension’s Michigan Fresh

Hungry people need good food – and gardeners can provide safe, nutritious food to those who might otherwise go without. Learn how community gardeners can donate extra produce to food pantries with Michigan State University Extension fact sheet “Fresh Produce Donation Guidelines for Gardeners.”  This fact sheet includes recommended ways to handle and prepare the produce, information about the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, and more.  
Fact sheets – on topics from apples to winter squash – are also available on the Michigan Fresh website at


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