Now is a prime time for lawn diseases to kick into destructive action. Fungus spores are constantly in the air, water and soil all around us, and lawns that aren’t in top shape can quickly fall victim to them.
HERE ARE A FEW WAYS WE CAN FIGHT FUNGUS TOGETHER THIS SEASON
- Watch the watering. Fungus spores love water, so water less often, more deeply, and at times of day that allow the turf to dry quickly after watering.
- Fertilize on schedule. Timely applications through the season keep grass growing steadily without unhealthy bursts of growth that attract disease.
- Mow with a sharp blade. A dull mower blade increases the chance of disease by 20% because it shreds grass blades, leaving an “open wound” for spores to enter.
Another year-round practice is aerating, which will help keep grass strong by breaking up thatch and encouraging deep roots. Heavy thatch layers are a natural breeding ground for many kinds of fungus.
Browning grass blades or patches of dying turf may be a sign of disease (especially in spring). If you suspect an outbreak, give us a call. We’ll help you find ways to win the battle.