Anthracnose Information

Types of Grass: Kentucky Bluegrass, Creeping Bentgrass, Annual Bluegrass, leaves

Scientific Name: Colletotrichum cereale

Time of year: April thru October

How to Identify Anthracnose

When people grow beautiful gardens or even have lovely flowerbeds around their homes and offices, it can bring such a divine joy to look out and see such beautiful plants begin to flourish and take true life; for that alone, gives so many people life within themselves, but sometimes, plants can develop dead spots, discoloration and various forms of other diseases upon their leaves and this can definitely cause some issues if not treated right when this occurs; much less, the spots look so unflattering.  Today, we are going to be going over how to properly identify Anthracnose.

What Is Anthracnose?

Initially, Anthracnose is a term which is used to designate sicknesses which will result in a very widespread range of indicators, which can contain leaf spots, blotches, as well discoloration, shoot blight, defoliation, twig cankers, as well dieback on many of our different types of shrubs and trees!  Keep in mind that this type of illness is more commonly found within the Eastern portions of The United States.

How Can I Control Anthracnose?

A person can initially control Anthracnose simply by going throughout your garden and checking for such signs of Anthracnose and if you locate a plant, no matter if it’s one plant or fifty-one plants with signs of Anthracnose on them, you must immediately pull that plant up and dispose of it.  Why?  Well, the answer is quite simple.  If you leave the infected plants in your garden with your healthy plants, guess what?  Yes, that’s right.  The disease will most definitely spread; just like in human to human sickness via certain types of contact.  You may also want to spray the plants inside your garden with a copper-based fungicide, but please be careful if you decide to do this because copper can actually build up toxic levels within the soil for earthworms, as well microbes.

How Can I Actually Prevent Anthracnose?

There are some pretty simple formats a person can follow in regards of actually preventing Anthracnose.  One very simple piece of advice I would recommend doing is to buy plant resilient plants, or even buy vigorous transplants.  Keep in mind that if you buy your plants from the Western portions of The United States, this could work very well in preventing Anthracnose because most of this type of disease forms from the Eastern portions of The United States.  Another tip is to plant your plants in well-drained dirt and make sure that you essentially water your plants with a drip sprayer, as opposed to an above, overhead sprinkler.  Make sure that you unconditionally, do not touch the plants while they are damp, as this can be a great leeway to transfer and produce rotting diseases to your plants!  You will definitely need to keep in mind that you will want to make sure that you keep your seasoning fruits from actually touching the dirt and always; ALWAYS, I cannot put emphasis on that word enough; always make sure that you rotate your plants every two to three years!