Phlox Seems Dead In Parts

Question From: D. Oberman - NEW MEXICO
Q: Every year in plants and certain parts of the grass they look dead phlox pinks evergreen and it comes back every year killed my barberry last year at least it didnt get any leaves this year Its hard to describe the plants seem to be alive and next year they will be fine until hot weather comes???

A: Take photos and sample of the affected plants in a sealed plastic bag to an independent nursery or garden center for an accurate ID and form of control. If you have a botanical garden in your area, they too may be able to help you. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy.