At last, you have put up your garden. You have spent much time and money to turn your backyard into a paradise. Gardening is not a simple task because your plants need tender care and maintenance. You do not want fungus pests to invade your plants and ruin your garden. Below are some ways to help prevent the risk of fungus problems in your garden.
1. Pruning is vital in maintaining a garden. This will eliminate the risk of fungus attack to your plants. Just like human beings, plants also need a “haircut”. When pruning, use the proper pruning tools according to the diameter of stems that you are going to cut.
2. Do not water your plants at night during summer. Humidity tends to rise during this season which could lead to some problems in your garden. Keep your plants nice and dry.
3. Spray some fungicide in the garden centre to eliminate the occurrence of powdery mildew. This is the most common fungus that attacks ornamental plants and produces white film on the leaves of plants.
4. If you have perennial Rye grass and lives in the north, you have to be cautious not to water your grass at night. A fungus called Pythium Blight will invade your lawn it you leave it wet because this fungus thrives in humid areas especially at night.
In the morning, this fungus appears white cotton candy on your lawn. They are often seen in areas where the soil is moist like walkways and driveways. To control Pythium Blight, water the infected area early in the morning.
5. If one of your plants is infected with Fire Blight, a type of fungus that spring up usually during summer, you have to cut the branch of the plant that was affected.
Fire Blight attacks trees in your garden and you can easily notice its presence once some branches of your plants turn red and eventually die. The affected branch that was removed from the plant should also be burned because this fungus is contagious.
Remember also to wash with alcohol the pruning shears that you used to prevent spreading the fungus.
6. Always keep your mulch loose and allow air circulation to get rid of Shotgun Fungus, a little gem fungus that can fly up to 8 feet in the air. It is also a good idea to remove the mulch at least once a year and rake it flat. Shotgun Fungus appears as tiny brown specks and sticks to your house windows like glue.
The occurrence of fungus can be the most frustrating aspect of gardening. Do not let anything ruin at once the garden that you have put so much effort on. Get rid of the fungus and enjoy your garden for years!