Signs of plant diseases
Isn’t it frustrating when plants curl up their toes and die?
But if you pay attention, there are signs of plant diseases that can hint that something is not right before it’s too late.
This article discusses the signs of plant diseases and what you can do about them, and ways to prevent plant diseases in the first place.
Read on to find out more.
Why should I care about the signs of plant diseases?
Plant disease can seriously affect human and animal health, especially if we are talking about crops and home veggie patches.
When gardening in Mornington Peninsula, it’s essential not to apply toxic pesticides to your plants if you see signs of plant diseases.
It’s not a healthy way to deal with an insect infestation or viral, bacterial, or mould growth on your edible plants.
Luckily there are various natural ways of dealing with pests when gardening in Mornington Peninsula that don’t pose a risk to human and animal health.
It’s important to make the most of growing your food by taking an organic approach should you see signs of plant diseases in your garden.
Check out our 5 organic pest control solutions for your garden for toxin-free answers to your pest queries.
Telltale signs of plant diseases
Bugs on your plants
One of the most apparent signs of plant diseases is when you find actual bugs on your garden plants.
It’s a typical enough experience while gardening in Mornington Peninsula.
If this happens, the action you should take varies according to the kind of bug you have spotted.
You may be able to manually remove the bugs, such as in the case of a few caterpillars.
But some insects are tiny and numerous and require a different solution.
If you spot bugs on your plants, it is one of the most common plant problems.
You should Google “pests [your plant name]” to find out what the bug could be and any organic interventions you can put in place.
Your plant’s leaves are being eaten
If you find tiny bite marks in your leaves while gardening in Mornington Peninsula, or if some of them are stuck together, your plant might be being eaten alive.
Without doing research, you won’t know who the likely culprit is. It could be the caterpillars mentioned above. It could be aphids that attack new growth.
Again, you may need an eco-friendly spray to persuade the bugs eating your plant to take their luncheons elsewhere.
It’s vital that you do something to help your plant overcome this setback, as, without leaves, plants find it hard to photosynthesise (make food from sunlight), and your plant could well die if the critters have eaten many leaves.
The foliage on your plant looks abnormal
If a plant is infected with a pathogen (disease-causing agent), you may notice that its leaf colour changes.
It might become yellow, brown, purple, bronze, or red.
There may be wilting of leaves on the plant, which you might notice while gardening in Mornington Peninsula.
An unhealthy plant may drop all its leaves or fruit as a sign of stress.
Dwarfing or enlarging plant tissue can also occur when a plant is sick.
What can I do about plant diseases?
The best thing to do about plant diseases is to attempt to avoid them altogether by providing your plants with the environment to thrive.
The nutrients in the soil will determine the health of your plants, so make sure you use fertiliser to enrich your soil.
If you’re interested, here’s how to make your own garden fertiliser.
Another crucial nutrient that plants need to remain healthy is water.
The right amount of plain old H2O can spell the difference between a thriving and diseased garden.
It’s something you should keep in mind when gardening in Mornington Peninsula.
Need watering tips? Check out our article ‘Irrigation and watering tips for your garden this summer.’
Need help with gardening in Mornington Peninsula?
If all your plants are on their last leaves, you might need an expert opinion on how to resuscitate them.
While gardening in Mornington Peninsula, you might find obstacles such as high winds, sandy or clay soils, improper drainage, not to mention garden bugs.
At Jim’s Mowing, we can help you with general garden care, including keeping your plants in tip-top condition.
We can assist you if you live in any of the following suburbs:
- Capel Sound
- Cape Schanck
- Carrum Downs
- Chelsea Heights
- Crib Point
- Frankston North
- Frankston South
- HMAS Cerberus
- Langwarrin South
- Merricks Beach
- Merricks North
- Mt Eliza
- Mt Martha
- Patterson Lakes
- Red Hill
- Red Hill South
- Rosebud West
- Safety Beach
- St. Andrews Beach
Contact us today to get started.