There are many issues that are often a concern when dealing with lawn care, and lawn care fungus is just one of many. Yellow grass is often the most noticeable sign of lawn care fungus, although it can also be due to insects, chemical or oil spills, dog urine, disease, close cutting, or just poor lawn maintenance in general.
Once you have properly assessed the situation, if you have determined that the problem does in fact lie with lawn care fungus then you will have to take the appropriate steps to resolve the problem.
To deal with lawn care fungus and other common lawn care problems, fungicide is often the most ideal choice. There are three different types of fungicides that are available: contact fungicides, systemic fungicides, and penetrant fungicides. Contact fungicides are those which are applied and then remain on the plant’s surface and kill spores that come in contact with it.
Systemic fungicides are those which are applied to the leaves and then move throughout the plants circulation system to protect against disease, and the penetrant fungicides are those which are most similar to systemic types but which are different in that they act more as a sort of preventative treatment in order to stop the growth of pathogens.
There are a few different types of lawn care fungus that can develop as well, the most common being: snowmold, brown patch, dollar spot, fairy rings, rust, grease spot, powdery mildew, pyhtium blight, rusarium blight, and leafspot-melting out.
If you are not very knowledgeable in the area of lawn care then you may want to call in a professional to deal with the lawn care fungus problem for you. That way they will be able to properly assess the situation and determine what specific type of fungus you are dealing with, and what the best method of treatment is going to be. It is important to deal with lawn care problems as early as possible in order to give the grass time to grow back healthy.
A professional fungicide may have to be applied to control any severe lawn diseases. These products are not available in DIY stores.
Also remember that preventative measures are the most important step here, so once you have gotten the present situation dealt with, rather than just leaving it afterwards you want to make sure that you keep up proper maintenance in order to prevent a reoccurrence of the fungus. Everyone wants a lush, beautiful lawn, and not only will it make your home look great but it will actually increase the overall value as well.
- When watering your grass try not to watering just before dark as water will remain on the leaf blades longer at night.
- The most common cause of growth of fungal diseases is excessive moisture on the leaves of grass plants that produce and move spores.
- Try to mow less frequently during hot weather, this will reduce stress on the grass plants and reduce the risk of transferring grass diseases.
- Blunt lawn mower blades shred the tops of the grass leaves, and expose tissue for lawn diseases to enter the plants easily. Ensure your lawn mower blades are sharpened regularly and check the end of the grass after mowing for signs of shredding.
- Leaving your lawn a little longer and not mowing too short (scalping) improves your lawns ability to resist diseases. Cutting your grass extremely short is stressful to the grass plant and leaves it more susceptible to lawn diseases.
- Prune overhanging trees and shrubs to allow as much light onto the lawn and grass leaves as possible, this will all help reduce incidences of turf fungal disease.
- Lawn aeration also helps to keep your lawn healthy. This can be done DIY or more effectively using a professional that has the machinery to aerate the lawn thoroughly.