Controlling Fungus Growth In Your
Lawn and Garden



We could all use some gardening tips to avoid or control fungus growth during the summer, as most of us have invested huge amounts into our landscaping in an effort to give our homes a nice face lift. But, when we fail to prune our trees, trim the shrubs, weed, and tend to our plants when they need it, then our highly invested landscape looks horrendous. This article is to help you with fungus prevention and control, and better maintenance of your lawn and gardens.

Use the following tips as a guideline for a better looking lawn and garden:

Pruning - As mentioned above, pruning plays an important role in garden maintenance. If you make a mistake while pruning, don`t lose your heart; it`s much like a bad haircut, it will grow back!

Avoid watering in the evening - During the summer months, the climate may experience high humidity, which could result in a lot of problems for your garden. To keep your plants nice and dry, it's important to have proper drainage in the area. In addition to this, watering in the evening should be avoided to prevent damage to the plants.

Get rid of powdery mildew - Powdery mildew is the common fungus that mostly affects ornamental plants such as the topiary, bonsai, and roses. This creates a white filmy substance on the leaves of the plants in your garden. Even other ornamental plants such as the sand cherry, crepe myrtle, and dogwood are also affected with this fungus. Efficient gardening is necessary to curtail the growth of this fungus. You can easily prevent this by spraying general fungicide in the center of the garden.

Prevention of Pythium Blight - If you`re in the north and also have perennial rye grass, then you ought to be very careful not to leave your grass wet at night. A dreadful disease called "pythium blight" may take its upper hand if you leave your lawn wet at night, because this fungus loves to grow in high humid conditions, mostly at night. Pythium blight can easily be seen in the early morning. You can easily appreciate it on the top of the lawn, which gives a white cotton candy appearance. You can easily notice it mainly along driveways and walks, where the soil is moist. Pythium blight can easily be controlled by watering in the day at the earliest possible time.




Fire Blight - Fire blight, yet another culprit, grows well during the summer months more than any other season. This fungus prefers to attack pyracantha, cotoneasters, crabapple trees, and apple trees. The presence of fire blight can easily be visualized once any one of the branches of the plant turns red and dies. Fire blight can be conrolled by pruning the affected branch as far as possible and removing it from the main plant. It is also important that the cut branches should be burnt since fire blight is contagious, and also wash or dip the projected shears by using alcohol in order to prevent the spread of this deadly disease to other parts of the branch.

Shotgun fungus - A little gem-like fungus, which prefers to grow in mulch and tends to swell, has been termed as "shotgun fungus". This fungus can fly up to 8 feet in the air and will spatter your house with tiny brown specks and once they stick to your house or windows, they stick like glue. Most of us suspect spiders and aliens for this tiny brown speck. You can`t prevent this one, but can do something about it by keeping the mulch loose so air can circulate inside to keep its growth out. Although mulch is great, don`t allow it to get firmly packed down. Try to remove it at least once a year. Also rake it flat so as to make it look like you`ve just mulched.

A healthy lawn and shrubs will enhance the appearence of your home. Take the time to learn how to keep them healthy and disease free. It will save you time and money in the long run.

For more garden ideas read these articles
Create a garden
Flowers and their meanings
Garden fun facts
Landscaping ideas
Preparing your soil




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