blueberry scorch or shock

hello, i'm a home gardener in portland with 3 blueberry bushes (berkley, earliblue, blueray) that have either scorch or shock. they had it last year too and haven't produced any berries the past 2 years. i've read that commercial growers are supposed to get their bushes tested and destroy bushes with scorch - but haven't found info for the home gardener. advice? destroy? test? treat? Is it safe to plant new bushes in the same location?



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This is an odd insect question. There is a flying insect that I cannot id. It...

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