Tips To Prevent Fungal Disease In Your Garden

Fungal disease is one of the biggest threats to an otherwise health garden. Regardless as to how much time you spend preening and pruning your plants, there’s simply no way you can effectively protect them against all forms of fungal disease. And to make matters worse, diseases are typically infectious, meaning just one sick plant can infect an entire garden.

Some of the most common fungal disease in plants include alternaria blight, powdery mildew, nectria canker, cytospora canker, bacterial blight, root rot, asparagus rust, septoria, anthracnose and fruit rot. Symptoms vary depending on the exact strain of fungi, but many of them result in patches of discoloration, wilting, and dead areas on leaves.

Keep Your Garden Clean

While there’s no way to completely protect your plants against all forms of fungal disease, there are some simple steps gardeners can take to reduce their plants’ risk. For starters, make sure your all plant debris is removed from your garden, such as weeds, branches, plant trimmings, etc Allowing these items to linger in your garden will promote the growth of bacteria and fungi, which could result in your plants becoming infected.

Don’t Crowd Plants

Plants are more likely to succumb to a fungal disease if they are crowded together. When plants are forced to grow side-by-side in confined spaces, there’s a greater risk of multiple plants becoming infected.

Of course, spacing your plants apart is important for a number of reasons; it allows them to absorb appropriate amounts of water and nutrients, promotes healthier soil, and encourages bigger plant growth.

Remove Diseased Plant Matter

If you notice any leaves, stems or shoots exhibiting symptoms of a fungal disease, take immediate action to remove it. Pruning away diseased plant matter in a timely manner will nip the problem in the bud before it progresses.

Note: it’s important to note that gardening shears or pruners should be cleaned with rubbing alcohol after being used on a diseased plant. Trimming a diseased plant and then using the same pruners on a healthy plant could result in the disease spreading.

Control Garden Insects

Aphids, white flies, beetles, and even ants can all bring fungal spores into a garden; therefore, you should keep these insects at bay by using insecticides and/or organic pest control solutions. Neem oil is a highly effective, all-natural insecticide that’s safe to use on and around plants.