Something isn't looking right with your lawn, but what could be the problem? Turf fungus and diseases can come in different forms. Some of the signs of a fungus include discoloration, brown, and yellow patches of dead grass. Many homeowners believe that because of the discoloration, they are more likely to have fertilizer burn than fungus. However, if the lawn grass doesn't bounce back after fertilizing, watering, or properly mowing, the problem is related to the lawn disease. Our experts have compiled a list of how to identify and treat lawn diseases.
1. Brown spots
Brown spots are a summer sickness and become active during hot, humid periods that often spread across the lawn. Other factors are over-fertilization, overwatering, massive straw formation and too short mowing of the grass. The brown spots resemble circles of dry and dead turf grass, up to 3 feet in diameter. Leaf blades inside the patch turn brown while the outside of the patch turns gray-white. This outer band can be seen on the periphery of the active spots. This lawn disease damages the blades of grass, but not the crown of the plant or the root system.
2. dollar spots
Next, dollar spots affect a variety of lawn grasses year round and are easy to identify. Dollar Spot thrives in dry soils and moist air, and becomes more active as spring temperatures rise. Other factors include under-fertilization, excessive moisture and drought stress. When discovered early, each point is roughly the size of a silver dollar. If left untreated, the spots will spread into each other to form huge irregular and discolored spots. This fungus attacks leaf blades, not the roots of lawn grasses.
3. Pythium rot
Third, the disease is a lawn fungal disease that has received a lot of attention because it spreads very quickly, affecting leaves and crowns, and killing plants. The hot, humid weather with consistently wet conditions contributes to disease outbreaks. Other factors include compacted soil, overfertilization, overwatering and too much shade. This turf fungus contains small, circular patches of wilting, water-soaked leaves. Lawn leaves look greasy and stick together, roots are starting to turn brown and rotted, and grasses die quickly.
Fourth, this lawn disease usually occurs last summer in dry weather or when the grass is low in nitrogen. Lawn rust spreads easily through the spores. The blades of grass are covered with orange-red to yellow-brown dust or spores. Rust begins with yellowed leaf blades that turn orange, red, or brown. The rust spores can easily be rubbed off the blades of grass and spread by walking and lawnmowing.
Fifth, anthracnose usually grows in early spring, when weather conditions are cool and humid, so the spores can easily spread between plants. You can identify anthracnose by its dark, water-soaked wound that develops on plant stems, leaves, or fruits. The disease can also be determined by irregular spots and dead areas of leaves that are brown or brown in color. Warm and dry weather can kill the lawn disease, but will reoccur once cool and wet weather returns.
Identify and treat lawn diseases
Once you determine that you are dealing with some type of fungus or disease, it is time to treat it. It's best to treat fungi as soon as you realize the problem as some diseases can spread and kill your entire lawn.
At Tee Time Lawn Care, there are two preventive fungal programs that can help with the spread of fungal diseases:
- Our three-tier fungus prevention program is designed for lawns that have a known fungal problem that occurs annually. This 3-step program is perfect for clients who want to reduce the likelihood of fungus developing on the farm. The program includes three evenly spaced preventive treatments to provide maximum protection against fungi. Preventing the fungus avoids customers needing an expensive overseeding application to fill in spots where the fungus has advanced too far.
- Our 2-step curative mushroom program is designed for customers who are unsure whether fungi will develop on their lawns or whether they will not grow in their garden every year. With this service, we encourage customers to call us immediately if they see any signs of turf fungus. The first treatment will prevent the fungus from progressing and spreading. The second spray kills any fungus before it gets stronger again.
Tea Time Lawn Care can help identify and treat lawn diseases
When you hire a professional like Tee Time Lawn Care you can be sure that you are treating the right problem, right. Our specialists can solve the problem faster and prevent further damage to your lawn grasses. They provide proper insight into the root cause of the problem and help prevent it.
Lawn fungus and disease are a common lawn maintenance problem and don't have to mean all of your hard work is ruined. Sometimes lawn diseases are due to factors beyond your control. However, if you take the right measures to prevent and treat lawn diseases, your weed can look beautiful all season.