Reassurance or grim reality, what have you got?
I don't know if this goes on everywhere, but around here the local council sends out trucks and workmen armed with glyphosate to spray the edges of the sidewalks, around poles and around trees, etc. Well, there must have been some drift, or the guy sneezed at the wrong time, or something, because part of my mixed hedge is looking poisoned.
There's an old lilac next to a weigela behind the very small wall (maybe 18") that marks the boundary. The lilac has got chlorotic leaves starting at the bottom, by the wall, and now stretching several feet up. I don't know whether it's likely to sort itself out or if the problem will spread further. The flower buds have all stalled on the whole shrub. As for the weigela, it's defoliated on all the lower branches, and others higher up look shrivelled and deformed. The flowers are dying at least half way up the plant.
I had a guy from the Environmental dept. out this morning and he assured me that glyphosate doesn't affect shrubs. Is this true?
Any thoughts on this? I'm bummed out looking at them.