mildew - Knowledgebase Question

Whittier, Ca
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Question by nitahenrilee
October 29, 2010
I have mildew on the top of the soil in my planter. The spots are about the size of a dime. It is everywhere.
What can I do to get rid of it?
Thank you.
Nita Berry

Answer from NGA
October 29, 2010
When you have moss, mold or mildew on a soil surface it indicates the soil is compacted, does not drain well and is on the lean side. Cultivating the soil a few inches deep will loosen it, and help it drain quickly. You might want to have a soil test done. If your soil is on the acidic side (which promotes moss and mold growth), work in some compost or other organic matter. Since you're finding the mold/mildew on the surface of the soil, simply scrape it away, spread some compost over the top of the soil, and work it into the top few inches of soil. This should keep it from developing again. Good luck with your planter box!

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