You have been working hard all year, making sure your lawn is summer-perfect, but there is something not quite right. Your lush grass is growing through patchy, or maybe the blades are looking a little limp.
These are all signs that your lawn may be fighting a fungal infestation, causing disease. However, hope is at hand. Keep on reading to educate yourself on everything there is to know about lawn fungal diseases.
What Are Common Types of Lawn Fungus?
When it comes to fungal infestations, there is no one single answer. There is a range of fungi that can be found on your lawn that cause disease. Some need to be treated different than others so knowing how to identify them is crucial.
The more common diseases are:
- Pink Snow Mold
- Red Thread
- Dollar Spot
- Brown Patch
- Summer Patch
- Leaf Spot
Each of these fungi has their own preferences when it comes to the condition in which they thrive.
What Does a Fungal Infestation Mean for Your Lawn?
Having a fungus problem with your lawn does not necessarily mean the end of your grass. It is merely a warning sign that you need to make some changes to your routine.
There are several common causes of fungi and your best bet is to call your local lawn experts to help you determine the problem and come up with a solution.
What Are Some Common Causes of Turf Diseases?
- Humidity and high temperatures
- Improper nutrient balance
- It could even be as simple as cutting your turf too short.
These stresses on your lawn make the grass more susceptible to infection. Take heart, however, because lawn fungi do not have to be a death sentence for your grass. There are steps you can take to treat and prevent fungal growth. The key is to know what you are looking at and take early action.
How Can Tell If My Lawn Has a Fungal Problem?
While each disease has its own identifying features, the more common ways to identify if you have a turf disease is to notice discoloration, brown spots, dead turf, circular patches, and leaf spots.
As with all fungi, they thrive in warm, humid and moisture rich environments. One good way to predict the arrival of a lawn disease is to check for excessive moisture in your lawn.
Identifying a fungal or disease problem is just the beginning. Knowing how to treat it is the other crucial step in creating that perfect lawn.
Best Lawn Treatments for the Fungi Fight
Once a fungus strikes, the best way to combat it is with a good fungicide. The real trick is to ensure you follow the dosing on the package because too much can do just as much harm as good to your lawn.
The real trick to fighting fungus is in the preventative steps you can take to stop it from growing or returning.
Different grass species are more susceptible to diseases than others. Fine bladed grasses such as fine fescues, poa annua, ryegrass, and roughstalk bluegrass do not tolerate summer stress very well and are most susceptible to disease. The most hardy grass for a lawn situations are turf type tall fescue because of its strong root system and its ability to tolerate heat,drought, and disease better than other grass species.
Knowing your watering schedule, and making sure you don’t water at the wrong time of day, is crucial, as fungus loves watery conditions. We recommend to water in the morning three times per week with at least a total of 1.5 inches of water a week.
Knowing when to mow your lawn and the right height to mow it is also important, and can vary depending on the goal you have.
Care and Attention are the Keys to a Healthy Luscious Lawn
While it may sound overly simplistic, there really are only a few things you need in order to have the lawn of your dreams. Understanding your weather and the best turf for it is one, and from there on out, is it care and attention.
If you need any help with your lawn maintenance or battling that lawn fungus and disease, then we can help you out. Lawn Pride has every service your lawn will need to be healthy and beautiful all season long. Get in touch with us today and we can put you on the pathway to that perfect lawn.