why did my sweet woodruff suddenly die back in a sloppy, gloppy wet mess? I...

Asked June 17, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT

why did my sweet woodruff suddenly die back in a sloppy, gloppy wet mess? I hada couple square feet of it and about three- fourths died off last summer and didn't return.

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

You may be referring to web blight, a fungal disease that attacks low growing perennials like woodruff. Foliage becomes matted and brown. Sanitation is important both during the growing season and in the fall. Wilted and blighted plants and plant parts should be promptly removed from the area. In the fall, all plant debris should routinely be cut at ground level and removed. This material may be composted. To reduce the incidence of this disease, remove mulches, work organic matter into the soil and space plants out to improve air circulation. See our plant diagnostic website for more information http://plantdiagnostics.umd.edu/level3.cfm?causeID=408
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