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Come autumn, the chilly winds from the North will put paid to any display that was on the way, and spring winds can defoliate a tree of its vulnerable growth.
veterans groups have long considered Agent Orange, the controversial herbicide used to defoliate jungles during the Vietnam War, a bigger villain than Ho Chi Minh and Henry Kissinger combined.
If we cast our minds back 20 years or so to the Vietnam War chemicals were used to defoliate the forests there.
Both insects defoliate thousands of hectares of cassava fields, killing the plants and reducing yields.
Used in Vietnam to defoliate trees and remove concealment for the enemy, Agent Orange and other herbicides left a legacy of suffering and disability that continues to the present.
Sadly, the Hawthorns (Crataegus) are stressed by a leaf blight disease that may defoliate the plants in early summer for they, like the dogwoods and flowering crabapples, offer spring flowers on small growing trees, and bright crimson, persistent fall foliage that turns orange to scarlet in the fall.
Armyworms (Spodoptera frugiperda) defoliate a wide range of crops, causing extensive damage and economic loss.
I once saw my 'Hot Tamale' miniature roses defoliate completely as the result of a foliar fungus, but they returned to complete health a short time later.
Today, the reddish-brown liquid known as Agent Orange used to defoliate trees and remove jungle cover from the enemy in Vietnam is responsible for a wide range of illnesses, causing disability and death to thousands of veterans.
She said it was a similar genetic inheritance to that suffered by Vietnamese families, after toxic Agent Orange was sprayed by US troops during the war there to defoliate forests and expose Communist Viet Cong guerrillas.
Picking should be in full swing now, but I've also spotted a delayed attack of gooseberry sawfly larvae and these must be controlled immediately before they totally defoliate your gooseberry bushes, leaving only the fruit.
In severe outbreaks, the caterpillars can defoliate one or several trees, but usually the trees fully recover," said Rabaglia.