Avoid Garden Fungus

Most of us are ready to make an investment for landscaping to give a face lift to our homes. Yet we failed when it comes time for some basic plant pruning when our plants need it most. Then we wonder why our highly invested landscape looks terrible. Check out the following home garden tips to avoid garden fungus and to better maintain the life of your garden and lawn:

Home Garden Tips for Pruning
Pruning plays an important role in home garden maintenance. If you accidently make a mistake while pruning, don’t lose heart because it’s like a bad haircut, it is going to grow again.

Avoid Watering in the Evening
During summer, you may experience high humidity, which might result in a lot of problems in your garden. To get your plants nice and dry, tuck them in for the night. In addition to this, watering in the evening should be avoided to prevent damage to the plants.

Powdery White Mildew
Powdery mildew is the most common fungus that affects your ornamental plants. This will create a white film on the leaves of the plants in your garden. Other ornamental plants such as Sand Cherry and Dogwoods are now becoming infected with this fungus. Efficient gardening is necessary to curtail the growth of this fungus. You can easily prevent this by spraying general fungicide which is found at your local garden centre.

Pythium Blight Treatment
If you’re in the north and have perennial Rye grass, then you ought to be very careful not to leave your grass wet at night. A dreadful fungus called Pythium Blight may produce its upper hand. This fungus loves to grow in high humid conditions, mostly during the night.

Pythium blight can easily be seen in the early morning. You can easily recognize this fungus resting on top of the lawn which looks like white cotton candy. You will most likely find this fungus mainly along driveways and walks, where the soil is moist. Pythium rot can easily be controlled by watering in the day at the earliest possible time.

Fire Blight Treatment
Fire Blight is yet another garden fungus culprit which prefers to mostly grow during the summer season. This fungus prefers to attack Pyracantha, cotoneasters, crabapple trees, and Apple trees. The presence of Fire Blight can easily be recognized once one of the branches of the plant turns red and dies. Fire Blight can be prevented by pruning the affected branch and removing it from the main plant as soon as possible.

It is also important that the cut branches be burnt since Fire Blight is extremely contagious. Also wash or dip the projected shears by using alcohol in order to prevent the spread of this deadly fungus to other parts of the branch.

Shotgun fungus
This little gem like fungus, which prefers to grow in mulch and tends to swell, has been termed as the “Shotgun Fungus”. This fungus can fly up to 8 feet in the air and will spatter your house with tiny brown specks. Once Shotgun fungus sticks to your house or windows, it sticks like glue. Most of us suspect the spiders and other aliens for this tiny brown speck. You can’t prevent this fungus, but you can do something by keeping the mulch loose so air can circulate inside to keep this fungus out. Although mulch is great, don’t allow it to get packed and try to remove it at least once a year. Additionally, rake it flat periodically as if it will look like you’ve just mulched.

Kali Winters is a gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here!

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