Fungi can be the worst enemy of shrubs. Certain types of fungi can cause harm to your precious plants. They can kill shrub roots. Also, they may kill off cells through which plants intake nutrients. So, it doesn’t take long for plants to die shortly after. Your best bet is to choose a suitable fungicide for shrubs.
Fungicides can eliminate harmful fungus and support shrub growth. It’s helpful in preventing diseases. If your shrubs do not look healthy, it may indicate you need to apply a fungicide.
Make sure you have the following materials and equipment:
- Eco-friendly fungicide
- Spray bottle
- Rubber gloves
Types of Fungicide for Shrubs
Multiple organisms can cause plant disease. This includes viruses, nematodes, fungi, and bacteria. Fungicides are pesticides that can prevent, kill, mitigate or inhibit the growth of fungi on plants.
Internal vs External Fungicides
Contact fungicides (External) stick to shrub surfaces. And shrub plants can’t absorb them. They provide a protective barrier. As a result, fungus fails to enter and damage plant tissues.
Systemic products are also called Internal fungicides or penetrants. Shrubs can absorb them easily. Also, these pesticides can move from the site of application to other parts of the plant.
Preventive vs. Curative Fungicides
A preventive fungicide prevents fungus from getting into the plant. It must come into direct contact with the fungus. Hence, make sure you reapply it to new plant tissues. It may need reapplication when leaves or needles expand in the spring or if the product washes off.
On the other hand, curative fungicides target fungus after infection. This means they can stop the disease after the infection has started. You may opt for it once you notice the symptoms.
Both preventative and curative fungicides can move through the plant.
Application of Fungicide for Shrubs
Diagnose the problem before you apply fungicides. It’s important to determine the cause of the disease. If it’s due to fungus, then you should know what kind of fungus caused the disease. Also, determine the season when fungus targeted the shrub plant. It’ll guide you about how often you should apply the fungicide.
The timing of the fungicide application is important. It boosts the effectiveness of the product and saves additional sprays.
When ready to use a fungicide product, read the label and follow instructions. This won’t only protect your plants, but also protect your health and the environment. Apply the right amount of fungicides with appropriate equipment.