June 01 2016
summer garden

How to Control Summer Fungus in Your Garden

New Jersey’s hot, humid summers can cause major fungus problems in your garden. While summer fungus–such as the infamous powdery mildew–might not be directly fatal to your plants, it can cause extreme blight that spreads rapidly and accelerates fall dormancy. And if left untreated, blight can ultimately kill a plant.

Don’t let fungus take over your garden at a time when it should be in its most beautiful state. You can keep your foliage, flowers, vegetables and herbs fungus-free through summer by following this brief guide.

Avoiding Garden Fungus
Damp, humid weather can make it difficult to stop fungus from growing. However, there are a few measures you can take to minimize the likelihood.

  • Choose disease-resistant plants.
  • Spread your plants out so they have ample air circulation.
  • Water your plants in the morning, not at night.
  • Keep your garden clean.
  • Prune regularly.
  • Use disease-free seeds.

Finding Garden Fungus
Fungal diseases usually show early visible signs. You might first notice from afar that your plants just don’t appear fully healthy. When you take a closer look, the leaves may show:

  • Black splotches
  • Dark rings
  • Mold
  • Wilting
  • Discoloration
  • Scabs
  • Strange growths
  • Spots

Treating Garden Fungus
If you find fungus in your garden, it’s important to act swiftly before it spreads.

  • Cut any infected leaves or stems.
  • Speak to a landscaping professional to diagnose the problem.
  • Improve air circulation.
  • Utilize fungicidal sprays, such as Serenade or Bonide.

Here’s another interesting tip from a few hours north up I-95: Massachusetts-based gardening expert Mark Saidnawey recommends mixing baking soda and water in a spray bottle as a home remedy.

Keeping Your Garden Healthy in Summer
Whether for pretty flowers, savory herbs, or bountiful crops, you’re not alone in your wish to have a healthy garden year-round. As one of New Jersey’s premier landscaping companies, High Tech Landscapes helps thousands of Garden State homeowners with their gardening needs. Learn more about our plant health care services.