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A Fungus on Dogwood, Mint, Black Eyed Susans and Tomato

Posted by brendine NJ (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 18, 11 at 17:25

I seem to have a fungus taking over my yard. It started on my dogwood then spread to my black eyed susans and then to mint and now it is heading into my garden with the tomato plants. It starts at the bottom creating brown spots on the leaves, then the leaves gets holes in them and turn yellow and eventually fall off. I have a new born baby and a dog and want to get rid of this as organically as possible (especially since it is in my garden.) I have been clipping the infected areas that I can reach (the dogwood is tall). I do have pictures if anyone needs to see.

Thank you!

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RE: A Fungus on Dogwood, Mint, Black Eyed Susans and Tomato

Take an infected dogwood leaf to your County Agriculture Extension department for indentification. Meanwhile, Rain is making the fungus grow. Fungi love moisture. Soils, leaves and stems need to dry out. Fungus will not thrive in dryness. Allow air to circulate between plants. Are your plants too close together? Tomatoes need at least 5 hours of sun. When the sun does come out, do your plants have sufficient sun to dry out the soil and plants? Do you water in the morning? Plants then will have an opportunity to dry. Fungus exists in the air. We have to learn to live with it.

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