Did you know that your lawn could suffer from fungus and disease without proper maintenance? It may sound a little odd to hear that a lawn could have a disease, but without proper lawn maintenance, you could soon have to deal with this unsettling and potentially expensive reality.
What Causes Lawn Diseases?
Like any sort of disease, lawn diseases and funguses tend to develop over time because of conditions that help the disease and funguses spread. With proper lawn maintenance these issues have a hard time growing or thriving, but improper lawn maintenance can lead to breading grounds for disease. Disease is caused by: drought, mowing too low, overwatering, compacted soil, too much fertilizer, using the wrong kind of fertilizer, using the wrong grass type and certain weather conditions.
If your lawn has a fungal disease, there are a few signs that will give it away. First, if you see white, yellow or brown patches or rings that are growing on your grass, then your lawn most likely has a fungal disease. Secondly, areas that look slimy or greasy are also generally signs of some type of fungus. It might take a little detective work to notice other signs of fungus, but stems and grass blades that are discolored, gray, black, red, orange, purple or have a black, gray or pink powdery coating are all signs of fungus and disease.
Prevent Fungal Diseases with Lawn Maintenance
Now that you know what causes lawn disease and some of the symptoms, let’s take a look at how to prevent and treat lawn diseases. One of the keys to establishing a healthy lawn is to have a proper watering schedule. You should water early in the morning to allow for the blades to dry. Proper mowing should also be a part of your lawn maintenance routine, and it’s important to keep your blades sharp and mow to the correct height. Lawns that are cut too close are vulnerable to fungal disease. Finally, spend time looking at the type of fertilizer you use on your lawn. Many experts recommend utilizing organic options. You still may find your lawn is in need of emergency rescue, so instead of giving up, work with an expert team who has plenty of experience in saving landscapes.
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