Fungus is a problem for any gardener. It will cause considerable damage to the plants it comes in contact with. Diseases like: rust, club root, black rot, black spots, bottom rot, cotton ball, damping off, dry rot, root rot, and yellow spot.
Fungus spreads fast and thrives in dark and humid places. Keep your lawn as drained as you can to avoid fungus, as it will grow much faster in moist areas. Fungi spreads through spores which are taken by the wind and will thrive pretty much anywhere they fall.
Homemade soil drenches
Soil drenches are used to fight off infections and pests. They can be homemade from household items and still be very effective.
- Cornmeal is a type of soil drench made by grinding dried corns. It can be found pretty much anywhere and is a balanced, cost-effective option. The mixture must be of about 2 oz of cornmeal for each gallon of water. Apply the mixture on your plants and directly on the infectious area if you detect one.
- Garlic soil drench is very effective against fungus. The only downside is the smell it leaves. You just need to add half a cup of garlic juice for 5 gallons of water. Apply it by spraying or watering the plants.
- Lime soil drench is extremely efficient in helping your plants and removing any fungal infection. It will also increase the pH level of the soil. Just add the juice of 4 lemons in a gallon of water and then water your plants or spray the mixture.
- Garret Juice is a combination of a few simple ingredients. Make a cup of any natural compost tea, then add 1 oz of liquid seaweed, an ounce of molasses and 1 oz of apple cider vinegar. This mixture will help the roots of your plants and also get rid of fungus problems.
Fungal infections that are on the leaves or other parts of the plants can be treated using a mixture of 2 gallons of water, six tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar, two tablespoons of vegetable or citrus oil, two tablespoons of dark molasses, and one tablespoon of baking soda. The solution must be sprayed on the infected areas in the morning and evening of the day for about a week. If this doesn’t work, cut the affected parts of the plant and throw them away.
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