MILD WINTER GOOD FOR PANSIES
After last years record cold and snow, this years mild relatively dry winter has been great for pansies. We have not seen pansies this healthy at the end of January in many years. Most pansies of our pansy plantings are healthy and blooming.

Pansies are very hearty and can withstand the cold weather, however, they do fall victim to diseases due to our normally wet winters. The disease is most prominent in poorly draining and shady beds and where pansies have been planted for years. We have developed a maintenance program that reduces the impact of the disease which includes adding new, fresh soil every fall at planting. This is followed up with fungicide application throughout the winter. Although not 100% fool-proof, our program has resulted in the most consistent healthy pansies around. However, we still see it in some plantings. In these situations, it indicates that the soil needs to be replaced instead of just new soil being added. This can occur every 5-6 years.

Brand 'X' Diseased Pansies
The pictures above are some examples of plantings of other contractors that we have seen recently that have fallen victim to the disease. These plantings have not received the maintenance we provide and are likely to struggle throughout the winter and spring. We are not seeing as much disease on other contractors pansy planting this year due to the favorable weather but more than in our plantings. 

As mentioned earlier, our pansy plantings are not disease free us we are continuing with our fungicide applications. Over the next 2-3 months you will see the product of all our work this last fall and winter resulting in healthy blooming beds of pansies.

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