How to Avoid Disease in Plants

Posted on Jan 2, 2018 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

How to Avoid Disease in Plants | The Experienced GardenerYou love your yard. It looks great after all the work you put into it. It makes your home look even nicer. Your kids have an awesome place to play outdoors. Pulling into your driveway after a long day of work and seeing your lovely manicured lawn and plants is the best way to make yourself feel at home. You want to do whatever you can to keep your lawn and garden looking as healthy and gorgeous as possible.

Making sure your plants get enough water and fertilizer to keep them nourished and growing properly is the main objective in lawn maintenance. However, you might be wasting time and resources without even knowing it. If you have a plant with disease or pests, it might not be able to take in all the sun, food and water that you’re providing for it. In this blog we’ll list some things that you can do to prevent your beautiful plants from catching a disease that could be detrimental to your entire landscape.

Water at the right time

It might not seem like there’s a right or wrong time to give your plants water, but there actually is. Fungus, which is a leading cause of disease in plants grows in damp places. If you water your lawn during the coldest part of the day, after the sun has already gone down, your lawn will stay moist all night long. This is why watering your lawn in the earlier part of the day is best option.

Fertilize the right amount

Fertilizer is a great resource for your garden. There are many options, so make you pay close attention to which fertilizer you’re giving to which plants. Another thing to be careful about is not over-fertilizing your garden. Fertilizing too much leads to weak growth, which in turn, leads to more pests.

Trim diseased parts

If you notice a branch or some leaves that have signs of disease, trim them off right away. Sometimes getting rid of the diseased portion of the plant can prevent the spread and eliminate the threat of disease to the rest of the plant. It doesn’t always work, but it’s never a good idea to leave diseased portions of the plant just sitting.

Spray pesticides

Many people are opposed to using chemicals in their gardens. This is understandable, especially for plants that grow food that you plan on eating or giving away in the future. However, sometimes a pesticide is your only option. If you have a plant that is overrun with pests, you need to get rid of them right away. Keep in mind that nowadays there are plenty of green and organic options that you can use to keep your plant safe and non-toxic.


All of these tips will help you control plant disease in your garden. If you’re already dealing with a diseased plant, or especially a diseased tree, you might need to bring in some professional help. There are some methods that require the tools and experience that a landscaping company can provide, so consider calling for a consultation.

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