Fungicides are just one way you can protect your plants from disease.
When you’re planting a vegetable or flower garden, the last thing you want is for your crop to get infected with a fungal disease. Fungus can be harmful to crops, causing lower yields and poor quality. One way you can prevent the growth of fungus in your lawn and garden is to use fungicides.
Types of Fungicide
Fungicides are similar to pesticides. You can use them to protect your plants and vegetables from being destroyed by disease. They can also be used once a plant is infected. They can be applied in two ways: topical and penetrants.
When you’re looking for a preventative solution, use a topical fungicide—also known as a contact fungicide—to protect your plants. The fungicide acts as a protective cover, preventing fungi from infecting your plants. You’ll have to apply topical fungicide often in order for it to truly protect your plants from infection.
As the plant grows, the topical fungicide does not spread onto the new part of the plant. Thus, you will need to apply the fungicide about every seven to 10 days for it to be effective. This same method can be applied to grass. When you mow the lawn, you’re actually removing the fungicide. Reapply frequently to protect your lawn.
Use penetrant fungicide when your lawn or garden already has a fungal infection. The chemicals seep into the plant, attempting to kill or stop the disease from spreading. While penetrant fungicides work to kill the diseased area, it’s best to take preventative steps to protect your garden and lawn.
How to Apply Fungicide
Fungicides need to be evenly distributed in order to be effective. Fungal spores are very small. You need to evenly apply the chemicals while making sure it’s thoroughly covering the plants to prevent the spores from reaching the inside. Fungicides can be distributed in a few ways. Most fungicides come as a liquid spray. Depending on the size of the area you’re treating, you can use a handheld spray bottle, back pack sprayer or even a tow sprayer. They are also available in dust powders and powders that are mixed with water. No matter which kind you use, we recommend wearing nitrile or gardening gloves to protect your hands.
EPA Standards for Fungicides
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) holds fungicides and pesticides to the same standards. When you use fungicides, be careful to follow the directions on the label. Use the designated amount to ensure you stay with EPA guidelines. Of course, always wash your vegetables before you eat them. When used properly, fungicides can help keep your lawn and garden beautiful.