Wednesday, July 18, 2018

29 Oct

Don’t Let Diseases Get the Best of Your Garden This Winter!

Sometimes it feels like a minefield in the garden when it comes to knowing what garden diseases can affect your plants. The guide below will help you to spot the signs of common garden diseases and give you helpful advice about how to prevent infestations and treat them if they take hold.

Your guide to garden diseases…

Are your plants covered in grey mould? Or turning a rusty orange? Gardening Direct has created a helpful guide on how to spot and treat the most common garden diseases – powdery mildew, rose black spot, rust,root rot and grey mould.

Below is a quick and easy guide for easy reference to help you spot garden diseases and safeguard your garden. Print it out as a useful reference so you know what to look for and the kind of resources available to you.

What’s the problem in your garden?    Signs of infestation Pest – click     the link to find out more    Treatment
  The surface of the leaves develops spots or patches of white to grayish talcum powder-like growth. Powdery Mildew Remove and destroy all infected plant parts immediately. Don’t put infected plants on your compost. Wash leaves to remove spores everyone 1-2 weeks.
This fuzzy grey mould grows on buds, leaves, flowers and fruit. It especially attacks injured or stressed plants.  Grey Mould Reduce the occurrence of this disease by improving the ventilation in your greenhouse. Cut back all infected plants.
Small pin-head sized black spots on the leaves, if unnoticed the spots increase in size to become large black or dark purple spots on the surface of the leaves or stem.  Rose Black Spot Prune off the damaged part of the plant. Burn any infected foliage. Don’t put the disease parts in the compost.�
Rust coloured spots and irregular discolouration on a plants leaves and stems start to appear. Rust Remove any infected leaves immediately. Garden rust spores spread through the air so separate infected plants from healthy ones to avoid contamination.
The plant will be slowly wilting and the leaves turning yellow. If you try to touch the plant it will feel mushy and look black in colour. The roots affected may literally fall off the plant when you touch them. Root Rot Take the plant from the soil and wash the roots under running water. Trim the affected roots with a sharp, clean pair of scissors and re-plant in a clean pot.



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