Be on the lookout over the next couple of weeks for the following critters as well as rust diseases incited by fungi.
Gelatinous tendrils on galls on Juniperus species will soon be noticeable. The inch-long galls range in color from reddish brown to orange and contain millions of fungal spores that incite rust diseases on vulnerable hosts such as Apple, Crabapple, Hawthorn and Mountain- ash. These rust diseases are very difficult to control. But there are several ways to reduce their threat. For starters, avoid planting junipers and red cedar near any of these vulnerable host plants. Also, for future plantings seek out the many rust resistant junipers now available to avoid these diseases.