Posted: July 15, 2017 at 1:57 a.m.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Things that rust Illustration

Q I need help. My hollyhocks are dying at the base, and they have yellow spots all over them. Is it an aphid? What can I do to save them and stop the spread?

Hollyhock rust spreads readily as wind and rain carry spores from plant to plant.

Royal paulownia or empress tree grows tall rapidly and its wood is soft, so the trees are often torn up by storms.

Lespedeza in the lawn often indicates insufficient nitrogen fertilizer.

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