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How to Ward Off Plant Disease

Resist destructive and pesky plant diseases with these helpful tips.
  • Root Causes

    Plant disease can be caused by fungi, bacteria, or viruses. Fungi are tiny organisms that live on plants and cause visible symptoms. Insects, water, and wind are typical ways they spread. Bacteria are single-cell organisms that live inside plants and are transferred from plant to plant by insects, water, and hands. Viruses are the smallest of the three and are the hardest to control. They are usually spread by insects, though some are spread by seeds and tools. 

    The best way to defend your plants against disease is prevention. Follow these hygeine and prevention tips, and keep disease from getting ahold of your garden. 

    Date Published: January 25, 2018
    Date Updated: February 28, 2018
    Tags: plant care
  • Select a Suitable Site

    Establish your garden in a sunny location with well-drained soil and good air circulation. Be sure to remove weeds from your garden and the surrounding area - they may harbor disease organisms. 

    Date Published: January 25, 2018
    Date Updated: February 28, 2018
    Tags: plant care
  • Plant Resistant Varieties

    Whenever possible, choose varieties of plants bred to be resistant to more debilitating diseases.

    Date Published: January 25, 2018
    Date Updated: February 28, 2018
    Tags: plant care
  • Cultivate Deeply

    Whether by hand or with equipment, cultivate as deeply as possible to completely bury remnants of the previous crop or any disease organisms attached to them. Tilling to a depth of 10 to 12 inches is optimal. 

    Date Published: January 25, 2018
    Date Updated: February 28, 2018
    Tags: plant care
  • Control Weeds

    Certain weeds, particularly those related to the fruits and vegetables in your garden, may harbor viruses or other diseases that could move into your garden with the help of insects that feed on both plants. 

    Date Published: January 25, 2018
    Date Updated: February 28, 2018
    Tags: plant care
  • Start Disease-Free

    Shop at a reputable nursery for healthy, disease-free transplants and certified disease-free seed potatoes. 

    Date Published: January 25, 2018
    Date Updated: February 28, 2018
    Tags: plant care
  • Always Rotate

    The practice of rotating crops, or planting them in a different location every year, will help minimize pest problems. Many insects and diseases overwinter in the soil and spring forth the following year to attack plants in the same location. If their preferred host plants are not in the immediate vicinity, pests are less likely to reach problem status. Crop rotation is especially critical for members of the cabbage family and the tomato family, which should not be planted in the same place more than once every three years. 

    Date Published: January 25, 2018
    Date Updated: February 28, 2018
    Tags: plant care

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