Despite being one of the easiest to maintain greenery in your garden, your own private hedge still needs care and attention. Besides the basic watering, weeding and occasional compost, you need, as you might have guessed, to keep an eye open and combat any possible disease that may affect it.
The plants of your privet hedge can be affected by numerous types of diseases, among which the most common are the honey fungus and the wilt.
What Are the Symptoms You Should Keep an Eye Open For
For starters, you should know that the wilt is, in fact, a form of fungus that attacks the plants in the privet hedge as well as other types of greenery. The fact that a plant has been affected by wilt can be seen at the leaves. These at first curl, then will gradually turn yellow or a tone of reddish and then die and fall off.
The honey fungus attacks at first the root of the plant. This in turn will affect the overall state of health of the plant, with clear signs being late leaf sprung in spring or healthy green leafed branches beginning to die.
How to Make Sure Of The Possible Disease
Now, the symptoms are quite clear for both diseases, but, it is highly recommended that you carefully analyze whether or not the disease is correct, so that that you can effectively combat them.
In case you suspect that you hedge has been infected by wilt, in order to make sure you need to carefully peel off a piece of bark. If the wood seems to present a discolored tone, then this means that wilt is the cause.
If you suspect that honey fungus is the cause of your problems, then you need to carefully inspect the roots of the plant. Check whether or not you can identify cream colored fungi, yellow mushrooms or a strange production that is very similar to black boot laces.
How to Treat the Problem
In order to treat the wilt problem, you need to use fertilizer that has a high concentration of potassium and a low concentration of nitrogen. When you use the fertilizer, take note to sterilize the gardening tools before and after use. If you cannot see any significant improvement, remove the plant with the root intact and avoid planting another plant in its place.
Unfortunately, in case of honey fungus there is no actual treatment, and the plant needs to be dug up with the roots intact and removed.
How to Prevent An Infestation
To prevent an infestation with wilt, we recommend that you seek privet species that have a high resistance to the disease.
To prevent honey fungus we strongly recommend that you use well drained soil and clean wood mulch in your gardening.