What Should I Use to Get Rid of Black Smut Growing on My Shrubs?

Black smut on a plant’s foliage or branches is a fungus called sooty mold and is usually not life-threatening. Sucking insects such as aphids secrete honeydew and windblown mold attaches to it. Ridding the plant of the fungus entails treating the insect infestation and washing the affected plant parts with soap and water or pruning away.

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Joyce Starr is a freelance writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawncare, gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.