Fungus Diseases – By Mark Govan, Host “Florida Gardening”

While growing up in Michigan, the only fungus we had to worry about came from locker room floors. What a change Floridabrings when you talk about fungus here you have to be specific. Is the fungus on your lawn, your fruit tree leaves, the fruit, the bark, on your vegetables, or in the soil? So many differing fungi exist and the fact they can rapidly kill our plants we must know haw to identify and control them. Now if all fungi looked the same we could easily identify them and then control would be easy. Unfortunately, most of the fungi looks different especially in the ways they try to kill our plants. In this article I am going to try to explain what a fungus is and how to identify the different varieties. I will also give you a few control methods to help your plants and turf to remain fungus free.

            What is a fungus? According to the dictionary, Fungi perform an essential role in the decomposition of organic matter and have fundamental roles in nutrient cycling and exchange. For many years they have been used as a direct source of food. Mushrooms are an edible form of fungi similar to the leveling yeast used in breads. There are even varieties of fungi used for medicinal purposes. Most of these are beneficial to humans and are used commonly everyday. However, there are varieties of fungi which also attack our food supplies and garden plants. Today, I am going to help you identify different types of fungi which attack out ornamental plants and turf grass. If you know what to look for you will be able to spot problems before you lose your plants. There are a few simple techniques you will need to learn and I am happy to help you do this.  

There are many choices I have outlined for you above so enjoy your garden and remember, without plants we would not be here.    

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