Thursday, May 17, 2012

Heart Attack

The new landscaping was looking great and thriving! Our garden guy installed a bit of left over lawn on our drive way landscaping and it grew into sort of a heart shape. Romantic, huh?

Last week, about 10 days after it was mulched: HEART ATTACK!

First the heart lawn started to get patchy, like clogged chambers in a heart. Next the plants all around the heart starting going -  and going quickly. Within a day or two everything was dead - not brown, or wilted but like it had all been torched! Water, fertilizer etc. were all fine. No visible insects, webs, eggs - nothing. Samples of everything have gone to Fallbrook AG Lab to see if they can figure out what happened. 

Was it the mulch? The timing was right but why is the grass alive in a ring around the heart? In the middle of some of the dead plants - rosemary, kangaroo paws, lavender,  New Zealand teas - nice healthy looking green weeds have sprouted! Methinks a very specialized specialist got to us.

On every stem, on every leaf,... and at the root of everything that grew, was a professional specialist in the shape of grub, caterpillar, aphis, or other expert, whose business it was to devour that particular part.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

1 comment:

  1. Oh no! Be still my heart!!
    Nature seems to have it's way with almost everything. Maybe better to let her have her way and let whatever happens to grow--grow. And whoever wants to eat it can eat it. Might not be pretty, tho!