10 Feb Turfgrass Diseases
Maintaining a healthy lawn is key to providing a relaxing, beautiful outdoor space. Mowing the grass, having an irrigation system, and using fertilizer are all really great preventative care activities. Unfortunately, just like with your own health, sometimes a bug or disease works its way in. Turfgrass diseases are unfortunate events. However, with correct diagnosis and treatment, the disease can be treated in no time.
There are three factors that play into the type of turfgrass disease in your lawn and how a turfgrass disease invades your lawn.
- Host: The type of grass and dirt in your lawn.
- Pathogen: The actual fungus, worm, or virus that is invading your lawn.
- Environment: Factors like weather, humidity, and wind greatly affect your the health of your lawn and the ability of the disease to infect your lawn.
There are many symptoms that can be seen to possibly identify if you have turfgrass disease. It’s important to note that while these symptoms do indicate that a turfgrass disease is present, they also might indicate other issues like low irrigation, scalping, fertilization issues, and many other problems. Talk with professionals like KG Landscape Management to truly identify the disease.
- Brown rings
- Rust coloring
- Leaf spots on grass
- Mold on grass
- Spring dead spots
Fixing a turfgrass disease is not a simple task but there are many different remedies available to fight the disease. Each pathogen has a different remedy, just like every disease for the human body has a different prescription. Our University trained executive team has been college educated with an emphasis in turfgrass management. Let our team help you get your lawn looking green and healthy again.
- Less irrigation – Just like grass, many turfgrass diseases depend on water. Turning down the irrigation and drying the area out can eliminate some diseases.
- Improved drainage – Leaving pools of water can promote fungus growth as well as other problems. Installing a drainage system or re-grading can eliminate those pools and promote proper evaporation.
- More/less shade – Depending on the grass you have in your lawn, more/less shade might be needed on it to strengthen it to fight off diseases.
- Good mowing practices – Cutting your grass to the correct height encourages it to fight off diseases and also makes the space look better.
- Thatch removal/Core aeration – Several turfgrass diseases grow in the thatch layer created from leaves or excessive grass clippings. By removing the thatch, those diseases have no chance to grow. Core aeration pushes turfgrass to grow deep roots and an overall healthier lawn.
- Fungicides – These are chemical to fight off disease. They come in two different varieties, contact and penetrant. Contact fungicide takes care of diseases that are on the outside of the grass. They typically last 7-10 days and protect the current grass that has already grown. Penetrant fungicide works into the grass itself and protects new and old growth. These type of fungicide lasts 2-4 weeks.