mold and fungal diseases in plantsDuring the month of July gardeners must be cautious of development of mold and fungal diseases in their gardens.

It is extremely important in gardening to monitor for mold and fungal diseases. If your flower garden having annuals and early blooming perennials has started appearing shaggy then it would be better to trim these plants back to improve appearance and promote more bushy growth. Trimming plants will further facilitate increased air circulation around adjacent and later-blooming plants. This in turn will reduce drastically the conducive growth for mold, mildew and fungus.

The vegetable gardeners should preferably use straw as a mulch to retain soil moisture and reduce fluctuations in soil temperatures. Straw will also serve as a potential barrier between fruits and vegetables and the damp soil. Do not ignore the factor of ensuring good air circulation which is needed to reduce probability of occurrence of mold and fungal diseases in the vegetable garden.

Regular pruning of shrubs and trees and removing the dead, rotten, damaged or diseased parts of the plants in your garden is equally important.

Disinfecting your gardening tools with a week bleach solution or rubbing alcohol after each cut of diseased plant material would also help you a lot in preventing spread of diseases.

If you are maintaining a lawn, try to grow longer grass height and this will also require 0.25 inch to 0.5 inch of weekly rain to ensure continued growth. Raise mower-blade height to its maximum. The longer grass height will serve the purpose of shielding the grass crowns and prevent scorch and burn.

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