I have never had a yard look as good as this
one is right now! And I want to keep it that way. Green and beautiful and looking really really
healthy. So what we’re going to talk about today is
fungicides. No I don’t have a disease problem in the yard
and that’s exactly why I’m going to put down a fungicide. You see, when it comes to fungicides, there’s
two ways of using them. There’s preventative and there’s curative. And the latter is much much harder to deal
with. Therefore, we want to do a preventative app. Preventative fungicides are going to head
the disease off before it settles into the yard and becomes a problem. And then there’s curative fungicides. They’re going to effect the disease after
its already set in. Now it’s much much harder to do a curative
application than it is a preventative application. Which is why we recommend doing a preventative
app before you notice a disease setting in. You don’t want to catch something or see signs
of something settling and then get out a fungicide and try to tackle it. It’s going to be much much more difficult
to do it that way. There are different kinds of fungicides that
you can use in and around your yard. Let’s first talk about contact versus systemic. Contact fungicides; these are you protectants. They’re not going to be absorbed by the plant
rather they’re going to stick to the plant surfaces. They provide a protective barrier that prevents
the fungus from getting into plant and damaging the tissues. Then you’ve got your systemic or other wise
known as your penetrate fungicides. These will be able to move up through the
plant from the area that you applied them. The other thing to keep in mind with fungicides
is the mode of action or in other words, how the fungicide effects the fungus. Some will work by damaging the cell membrane
of the fungus, while others will inhibit the fungus growth. Now it’s important to use different modes
of action by either mixing or alternating the products you’re using in your fungicide
applications. And the reason that’s important is we want
to maintain the effectiveness of the fungicide and prevent fungicide resistance in our plants. Meaning we don’t want to use the same thing
over and over again and allow our plants to become immune to that fungicide. So it’s important to mix and alternate the
products that you’re using in your applications. Before we rip open the bag and dump the product
into my spreader and start getting it out into the yard, let’s first go over a couple
more rules of thumb when it comes to fungicide use. If we’re going curative, you need to diagnose
it properly. So in other words know the disease problem
that you’ve got that’s causing the fungus problem in the yard. Second and probably always the most crucial
thing when it comes to using professional grade products, read the label! Remember, label is law! This will not only protect your plants but
it will protect your health and the environment and it is by far the most crucial thing that
you should do. Read the label. Also always remember to use the right equipment
and ppe, personal protection equipment, when applying fungicides and also apply it by the
recommended rate on the label. And the third thing, follow the recommendation
of when and how often you should apply the fungicide. Just like all the other products we’re using,
the actual timing of the application is going to really enhance the effectiveness of it
and reduce the amount of times we’re going to have to re-apply. Just like all the other pro products that
we sell and we use in and around the yard, the label is going to tell you the recommended
rates, how often you should apply, the timing of the application, the ingredients, the mode
of action, all of that good stuff is going to be on the label. So again, read the label! Know what you’re using and how to use it. For the product that I’m using, there is a
different application rate for each disease. Anywhere from two pounds to five pounds per
1,000 square feet. Now having said that, this particular product
label states that Bermuda grass is very sensitive to this fungicide. So I’m going to use the lowest usage rate
to make sure I do not harm my grass and undo all of the hard work I’ve done so far. And that is our preventative fungicide application. You can very easily misdiagnose a fungal disease
in plants and in the yard. I would highly recommend reaching out to our
customer service staff and discussing with them the issues that you are either starting
to see or maybe you’ve had in the past and you want to prevent. They can do a very good job of recommending
a treatment program for either your lawn or your garden or what ever it is that you’re
trying to take care of. Other things to keep in mind when it comes
to plant diseases, they’re often transmitted when leaves are wet, so ground level watering
and good air circulation can be used to keep leaves dry. Also pruning shears and other tools can carry
plant diseases from one plant to another, so you should learn about doing good garden
sanitation to prevent spreading the disease yourself. Although they can slow and even stop the disease,
most fungicides are designed and most effective as a preventative measure. All the more reason to do a preventative application. Curative applications can solve the problem
for you, but it will take twice as long and probably cost you twice as much as if you
were to do a preventative app and stop the disease before it gets into the yard or garden
or plants or whatever it is that you don’t want effected. Hope that answers some good questions for
you on how to use fungicides, if you have any other questions please feel free to leave
them in the comments section below, email or customer service staff, or pick up the
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