Organically fertilizing Pachysandra while avoiding fungus
Pachysandra is a wonderful plant for shady places that grass refuses to grow. One of the major differences between pachysandra and grass is that this low-lying evergreen shrub prefers rich soil. Several species of weed prefers the shade, and virtually all species of weed does well in poor soil. If you do not keep this fertility-loving cover plant fed, then the weeds might eventually take control. Just as important is not to be so careless as to invite fungus.
If you are committed to organic gardening, then you know perfectly well how to feed plants. Before you plant anything, make sure the ground has plenty of organic matter worked in. Baled sphagnum peat moss works fine, because peat moss is acidic, which is just what pachysandra also likes. The matter breaks down over time and adds richness to the soil. Should you ever tire of a shady garden space, for example, then you already have what you need. Otherwise, it is best to give the soil some time to break down and add humus.
Once you have planted a perennial, organic fertilization by turning the ground is no longer possible, but an experienced gardener already knows the solution: Provide mulch, such as shredded, untreated wood chips, and it breaks down over time. Mature compost is also excellent fertilizer. Over time, the humus works its way into the soil. Good old Ruth Stout would happily agree. Using proper compost is also one of two key to avoiding fungus. Do not use shredded leaves for mulch, because they encourage fungus. It is also important not to over-water, because this also makes sure no fungus can grow.
Pachysandra has frequent trouble with fungus because it creates a dark and cool and moist place under its canopy. It is already situated in the shade, and the soil underneath is further moderated. Combine this with rich soil, and you have breeding conditions for those mushrooms. Fungus can be cut down by practicing the above methods, but also by planting in well-drained soil and by avoiding chemical fertilizers. Chemical nitrogen tends to promote a sudden bloom in bacteria and fungus action, while also not being healthy for plants. This is the primary reason why organic gardeners prefer decaying matter over the artificial stuff. Give natural to nature, and nature will reward you in turn.
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