The 2016 Texas Master Gardener State Conference
The Collin County Master Gardeners Association is honored to be hosting the 2016 Texas Master Gardener State Conference May 17-19 at the beautiful Myers Park & Event Center in McKinney, Texas. This event has recently been opened to the public.

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UPCOMING PUBLIC EVENTS
Jan 30 |  | All Classes are held in Council Chambers, 305 Century Pkwy., Allen, TX
May 03 | 07:30 AM | 7701 Legacy Dr., Plano
May 11 | 07:00 PM | Murphy City Council Chambers
May 17 |  | Myers Park and Event Center
Jun 04 | 08:00 AM | Myers Park
Mark Your Calendars for "A Walk in the Park"
The Collin County Master Gardeners will be hosting tours of the award-winning Earth-Kind® research and demonstration gardens at Myers Park on Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 9 am – Noon.
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My Crape Myrtle trees have white spots on the trunk and branches. The bark is black as well. What is this? Will it hurt my trees and how do I treat for this?

This is an infestation of Crape Myrtle Bark Scale.  One of the first signs of this insect is black sooty mold on the bark.  Bark and leaves may feel sticky to the touch as a byproduct of where the scale is feeding.  The "white spots" can occur anywhere but usually in the branch crotch or pruning wounds. 

Treatments for this scale include using a mild solution of dishwashing detergent and a brush to scrub the scale and black mold off.  Horticulture oil has not been shown to be effective yet but a heavy winter coating might help.  Full coverage is a necessity.  Systemic insecticide treatments in the form of a soil drench have shown the most promise to date.  These include Imidacloprid and dinotefuran.  The best time to treat with the systemic insecticides is May through July.  Follow the directions for use for either product.  Systemics do take a few weeks to become effective as they spread throughout the plant