There are many different lawn diseases that affect different types of grass, including summer spots. The effects of these diseases can be unsightly and aggravating for those who spend time and money caring for their lawns, and can even be fatal to the grass plant itself.
What is Summer Patch?
Summer Patch is a fungal disease that mainly affects Kentucky bluegrass and annual bluegrasses. This disease usually occurs between June and September. It appears as irregular spots, rings, or crescents less than 10 inches in diameter.
What causes summer patch?
The summer spot is always present in the lawn, but will only show up if the conditions are favorable. Longer periods with high humidity and high temperatures during the day over 82 degrees can lead to summer spots. Poor air circulation, damp soil and compact soil also contribute to these favorable conditions.
Soil analysis is strongly recommended for problems with the summer field. The results of a soil analysis can determine the pH of the soil and make recommendations for improving the pH to an appropriate level. If the soil has a pH greater than 6, it is more susceptible to this disease.
How to treat summer patch?
Summer plasters can be treated by incorporating disease-resistant grasses such as fescue into the lawn. Adhering to the correct fertilization schedule and irrigation system can also help prevent summer spots from occurring. If there are areas with poor drainage, corrections need to be made to improve drainage. The annual ventilation of the lawn helps to loosen and improve the air flow to the root system in densely or heavily used areas.
If the summer patch is severe, a fungicide application can be done. This can be costly because applications are required every 3-4 weeks and require a lot of water.
sum it up
In summary, like any other disease, a summer patch is unsightly, but can be treated with the right time and patience. It can be quite a nuisance for those who take care of their lawn or have a lawn care company take care of their lawn. However, if you follow the recommendations for your lawn type and area with appropriate practices, you can prevent lawn diseases from occurring.
It is always a good idea to contact a lawn care professional and ask questions. Take a look around, ask friends or family, and research the Better Business Bureau for a company you can trust.