Here are some 6 Easy Tips for every gardener on how to avoid Fungus especially for Summer.
Most of us are ready to invest huge amounts in landscaping and gardening to give a facelift to our homes.
But we failed to prune when the plants needed it, and then your highly invested landscape looks terrible than ever. So this is high time to know about the gardening tips for better maintenance of your lawn.
Do follow the following gardening tips for better life of your garden:
1. Pruning To Avoid Fungus
As we discussed in the introduction, pruning plays an important role in garden maintenance.
If you commit any mistake while pruning, don’t lose your heart because it’s like a bad haircut, it is going to grow again.
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2. Tip 2 Avoid Fungus: 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 may be avoided to prevent damage to the plants.
3. Get rid of “Powdery Mildew“
Powdery Mildew is a common fungus that mostly affects your ornamental plants.
Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that affects a wide range of plants. Powdery mildew diseases are caused by many different species of fungi in the order Erysiphales, with Podosphaera xanthii (a.k.a. Sphaerotheca fuliginea) being the most commonly reported cause. (Source: Wikipedia)
Powdery mildew grows well in environments with low humidity and moderate temperatures. Greenhouses provide an ideal moist, temperate environment for the spread of the disease.
Efficient gardening is necessary to curtail the growth of this fungus. In an agricultural, the pathogen can be controlled using chemical methods, bio-organic methods, and genetic resistance.
You can easily prevent/avoid fungus by spraying general fungicides in the garden center.
4. Prevention of Pythium Blight
Pythium disease, also known as “Pythium blight,” “cottony blight,” or “grease spot,” is a highly destructive turfgrass disease caused by several different Pythium species. All naturally cultivated cool-season turfgrasses are susceptible to Pythium and if conditions are favorable to Pythium it can destroy a whole turfgrass stand in a few days or less.
Pythium favors hot and very humid weather and will usually develop in low areas or swales in the turfgrass. (Source: Pythium in turfgrass)
If you’re in the north and also having 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 take its upper hand, if you leave your lawn wet in the night because this fungus love to grow in high humid condition mostly, in the night.
Pythium Blight can easily be seen in the early morning. You can easily appreciate the fungus on the top of the lawn as white cotton candy.
You can easily notice this fungus mainly along driveways and walks, where the soil is moist.
Avoid Fungus Pythium Blight can easily be controlled by watering in the day at the earliest possible time.
5. Avoid Fungus “Fire Blight“
Fire Blight, yet another culprit prefers to grow well during summer 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.
This Fire Blight can be prevented little by pruning the affected branch and removing it from the main plant as far as possible.
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 the deadly fungus to other parts of the branch.
6. Shotgun Fungus
Sphaerobolus is a genus of fungi in the family Geastraceae. Commonly known as the “shotgun fungus” or “cannonball fungus”, species discharge their spores with explosive force.
Discharged spore sacs are sticky and have a tendency to strongly adhere to whatever surface they encounter, making them a nuisance to homeowners, pressure washing contractors, landscape mulch producers, and insurance companies. (Source: Wikipedia)
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 the spiders and aliens for this tiny brown speck. You can’t prevent this fungus but 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 them to get packed, try to remove it at least once a year and also rake it flat as if it will look like you’ve just mulched.