Powdery mildew is caused by a fungus that typically grows in vegetable gardens and vineyards. Powdery mildew stunts growth, destroys leaves, decreases crop production and can even cause a plant to die. If you take the steps to prevent powdery mildew, you will be able to save time and money in your garden. By taking these preventative measures, you will be able to prevent powdery mildew and many other plant diseases as well.
Prevent Powdery Mildew in 3 Steps
Keep your garden clean: Powdery mildew spores can hibernate in your garden, so you should get rid of all affected leaves from your garden during and at the end of the season. If you see leaves that are starting to show the disease, clip them off the plant and throw them away to help keep powdery mildew from spreading to plants that are healthy.
Promote air circulation: Powdery mildew thrives in still, humid conditions, so keep make sure there’s enough space between your plants for air to flow freely. Divide perennials every few years to keep them loose and open and be sure to prune trees and shrubs. You should also consider airflow when you choose a spot for your plants. You will want to avoid placing plants that are prone to mildew in areas that are especially sheltered.
Apply fungicide: A fungicide, like Pure 3-Way, can help you control powdery mildew from spreading. Pure 3-Way uses lemongrass oil, a natural fungicide, to rid your plants of mold and mildew while ensuring that your loved ones are safe from harsh ingredients found in other fungicides. Your plants should be treated in wet, humid periods even before you see a problem or just as the plants begin to show symptoms.
Once your plants are free of disease, it’s important to keep up their health by spraying them with Green Thumb. Green Thumb is a great way to naturally keep bugs and mildew away while simultaneously benefiting your foliage.