Disease with crepe myrtle tree? And fruit tree protection question
Montgomery County Maryland
1. Your crape myrtle has powdery mildew. If this becomes a chronic issue every year, we recommend replacing it with one that is disease resistant. This is a common problem, but there are many excellent crape myrtle varieties that don't get it. Here's more (which includes a list of good varieties at the bottom): https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/powdery-mildew-trees-and-shrubs
2. One old trick is to sprinkle the fruit with just enough powdered lime to discourage the critters. You'll have to reapply after rains.
Also look here--click on Problems > wildlife: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/stone-fruit-peaches-cherries-plums-apricots-nectarines
Sometimes harvesting before the fruit gets too sweet will beat them to it.
Thank you very much for your helpful information and suggestions on both issues, Ellen!