Plant Disease Prevention
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure…
When it comes to fungal and viral problems this is definitely case. In fact, many fungal and viral problems cannot be ‘fixed’ and can prevent successful planting of related plants in beds for years to come.
To properly manage fungal diseases, begin with good growing practices. Space plants correctly and water soil not foliage. If a plant does pass due to a fungal disease do not plant susceptible plants in the same spot until sufficient time has passed for disease to have been controlled.
Many diseases of deciduous trees can be prevented or controlled with sprays of lime sulphur, copper oxychloride and pest oil over winter whilst the plant is dormant. This should be done at least once every winter, preferably twice. Fungal diseases can be difficult to manage whilst a plant is in leaf or fruiting.