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At the beginning of the warm season, a disease is rampant in the garden, which does not stop at the maple tree. Powdery mildew can be clearly diagnosed based on the mealy-white fungal growth on the leaves. Conveniently, affected hobby gardeners will find a tried-and-tested household remedy against fungal infestation in their refrigerator. This is what to do when powdery mildew is plaguing a maple tree.

Mildew doesn't stop at maples either

Milk crosses blades with powdery mildew - this is how it works

Fresh milk contains busy microorganisms and lecithin. If these ingredients meet powdery mildew, the dreaded fungal spores lose out. Ecologically oriented home gardeners owe this finding to researchers at the Australian University of Adelaide. How to use the home remedy:

  • Mix water and fresh milk in a ratio of 9:1
  • Pour into a spray bottle
  • Spray all the maple leaves on the top and bottom until dripping wet

In order to increase the effectiveness of the natural remedy, first cut off all infected parts of the plant and dispose of them in the household waste. Repeat the application at intervals of 2 to 3 days until there are no more symptoms of the disease.

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