Answer: I think once the sun hits the leaves, they'll grow just fine. It could be that some soft rot hit during the see-saw winter weather that hit your region over the winter. The best protection against fungal diseases is free air circulation, so removal of the mulch should help. If it seems that the patches are spreading or getting larger, then you should try a fungicide. Gardens Alive (email@example.com; ph# 812/537-8650) has a new product called Soap Sheild that should stop the fungus. Good luck!
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