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How To Avoid Fungus During Summer

Every gardener likes to invest in their lovely gardens to create heaven-like landscapes, and so you do. Close to summer, this good amount of investment for a facelift, might turn into a disaster if you forget or trifle pruning at the right time when your plants need. And that time you have the feeling, ‘ oh god, look at that mess and waste of money!’  So, now it’s one of the best times to take your precautions of maintenance to eliminate those unwanted results from your garden.

Here are some important tips to take care of your gardens for a happier summer season.

Pruning

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A good pruning not only provides good looking plants and landscape but it also let the plants breathe easier, makes them healthier and happier. As a gardener, you can prune yourself, no need to explain how, but if you are a newbie gardener, you can get professional help to do the job. If you try it yourself and make technical mistakes or just don’t like the result, don’t worry, the plants will grow and recover again.

Should You Water Plants in the Evening? No, At Least Occasionally.

Don’t water in the evening. Your plants might be susceptible to fungal and bacterial attacks, so it’s best to avoid creating extra humid and water drops standing on the leaves when there is no sun to make them dry. Both bacterial and fungal leaf spot diseases cause serious harm to foliage. Somehow for some reason, if you have to water your plants in the evening, it’s best to apply ‘deep watering’ without a sprinkle.

Similarly, watering in the middle of the day also is not ideal as it’s inefficient. Watering in the midday causes both evaporations of water before the plant can absorb it and might damage the leaves by burning them as the water drops play a magnifier role under the heavy sunlight.

The best time for watering is during early in the morning. Watering early in the day provides the plants with moisture for vigorous growth during the day and prevents heat stress.

How to Prevent Growth of Powdery mildew

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This fungus type basically affects ornamental plants in your home or in the pots by creating a white layer on the leaves of the plants. Even some ornamental plants which are known as more durable than others, such as Dogwoods and Sand cherry affected by Powdery Mildew. Taking efficient steps to prevent this fungus from growing is necessary during your gardening life. Spraying fungicide in your garden in regular periods will be enough to eliminate this bacteria.

How to Get Rid Of Pythium Blight

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Pythium Blight loves mostly to live and grow in the high-humid environment. So, If you are a gardener of the north, it’s essential not to leave your plants wet in the night, as this dreadful fungus might have a party on your lovely plants, which you will never want.

If you can see white cotton on top of your lawns during the early morning, congratulations, you identified this fungus. Preventing this fungus is as simple as watering your garden as early as possible in the morning and letting the plants dry in the evening and night time.

Fire Blight

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Do you have Apple trees or any one of the Pyracantha, cotoneasters, crabapple trees in your garden? Yes, you predicted right. This fungus loves to attack and grow on those plants especially during the summer time. Unfortunately identifying this pest, or better to say, noticing you have this in your garden only possible when you see the branches of those trees turn red and die. At this point, timing is a crucial factor in intervening in this fungus when noticed for possible curing. When you notice your trees are affected by this pest, prune the affected branch by cutting from the main body and burn without spreading the leaves if possible.

How to Get Rid Of Artillery Fungus a.k.a. Shotgun Fungus a.k.a. Sphaerobulus stellatus

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Normally, contrary to general belief this fungus swells from moisture, bursts, and launches its spore nodules as high and far as 20 feet, that’s why it’s called as ‘Shotgun Fungus’. So it can easily spatter and reach to your house and windows with tiny brown specks and creates glue-like spots on your walls and windows.

And again contrary to common myth, stop blaming spiders or other insects for those brown specks. It’s not possible to totally get rid of this fungus but you can keep them out by loosening the mulch to provide air circulation. Removing it at least once a year and raking it flat will also help to prevent more.

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