How to Prevent Black Mold in your Garden

13th Nov 2012

How to Prevent Black Mold in your Garden

Black mold can be a serious issue for your plants. If you are dealing with any kind of mold problem, it is best to remove any plant before it can spread all throughout your garden. Black mold can be caused by pest insects such as aphids. Aphids will leave behind a sticky substance called honeydew. Not only does honeydew foster mold growth, but the substance will also attract ants.

The best way of preventing mold infestation is to get rid of aphids. A good way to detect them is to look on the leaves. They can come in a wide range of colors, but their main colors are brown, yellow or red. They can appear as a gel-like substance on a leaves. You can simply pick them away or use an insecticide on them. Try using an organic insecticide such as citrus, pepper juice or fatty acids. This is the best way of killing any type of insect without harming your plants. They will also be a good way to keep the good insects like ladybugs around. You can also spray some water on your plants to keep these insects away.

Other ways of preventing block mold includes keeping a garden that is free of excess moisture. This can be hard during the summer months with the extra humidity and rain which is a breeding ground for molds such as black rot. Black rot can affect plants like tomatoes or eggplants. Always inspect your garden after it has rained. If the soil quality is muddy, then apply extra soil or compost to add plant nutrients and to soak up extra water.

There are also a variety of fungicides that will protect plants from mold contamination all throughout the season. Organic fungicides like calcium bicarbonate are good fungicides to use any garden. Be careful not to use too much since they can turn plants green if exposed in the sunlight for too long. Fungicides like calcium bicarbonate are a great way to prevent mold contamination and to kill any fungal spores quickly.

Other signs of mold infestation include a light dust on leaves or white spots on the leaves. If dealing with a mold problem, it is best to deal with the situation immediately. Mold can drain plant nutrients and will lead to a rotting of plants over time. Always keep an eye on your plants and be careful of weeds and insects that might spread disease.