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Removing and Preventing Plant Mildew

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Plant with mildew The presence of plant mildew is typically an indication of an environmental issue in your garden

Both household and garden plants alike are susceptible to mildew. While all plants are capable of falling victim, certain species, such as squash, roses, lilacs, and cucumbers, are significantly more susceptible. Read on if you suspect that your garden in Superior, CO, is suffering from a plant mildew issue.

Getting Rid of Mildew

Garden mildew is very common and spreads quickly. Luckily, there are several effective techniques that can get rid of it. Here's one of the most effective methods:

Use plant clippers to remove the affected stems and leaves. You can identify the parts that need to be removed by looking for gray or white powdery patches. Discard these infected parts in a bin separate from your compost.
Thoroughly clean and disinfect both your clippers and yourself using alcohol wipes. Neglecting to do so only invites subsequent mildew growth, effectively worsening the issue.
Apply an approved fungicide. Carefully check the label to ensure that the fungicide you purchased is safe for the specific type of plant that you're treating. Follow the instructions on the label to apply the fungicide.

Preventing Further Mildew Growth
The presence of plant mildew is typically an indication of an environmental issue in your garden. If this is the case, you need to take preventative measures in order to discourage future fungal growth. Even if you haven't experienced a mildew problem, it's still a good idea to implement these preventative measures anyway. Regularly trim back and prune your plants to help regulate proper air circulation. Apply fungicide regularly, always taking care to follow package instructions. Lastly, make sure that you don't water your plants from above. This can help reduce the buildup of excessive moisture.
Plant mildew is a common occurrence that is most effectively resolved by destroying and disposing of all the affected plants. However, this isn't always viable, so the above technique can help you avoid such a drastic solution. If your situation isn't improving, then you need to contact mold remediation experts for further assistance.

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