Lawn Care & Tips

Prevent Common Grass Diseases

Prevent Common Grass Diseases

When it comes to maintaining a healthy and vibrant lawn, one of the key challenges is protecting it from various fungal pathogens. While many of these threats go unnoticed, there are instances where diseases can take hold and cause significant damage or even kill your turf. In this article, we’ll explore some common grass diseases you should be aware of and provide tips on prevention.

Dollar Spot

Small spotted areas spread quickly, killing the grass.

  • Occurs from early spring to autumn but is most active in high humidity and warm daytime temperatures.
  • Look for small, silver dollar-sized patches of dead or discolored grass on your lawn. These patches may have a bleached appearance and can merge together to form larger affected areas.
  • The affected grass may appear thin, weakened, or have a sunken appearance.
  • These patches can quickly spread and cause unsightly damage if not addressed in a timely manner.

Brown Patch

A foliar disease which will start off with a distinctive gray-purplish boarder (a smoke ring) or frog eye appearence.

  • White mycelium can be found on dew-covered grass in the morning.
  • Look for circular patches of brown or tan grass with a darker outer ring. The affected areas can range from a few inches to several feet in diameter.
  • Leaf blades maybe tan to brown in small irregular shapes. The affected grass may also have a slimy or water-soaked appearance.

Red Thread

Infects the leaves of grass causing irregular patches of dead or dying lawns.

  • Look for patches of grass with pinkish-red or tan threads or strands extending from the leaf blades.
  • The fringes of the dead patches may be pink/red in colour from the fungal spores.
  • Most common in spring and autumn and normally when nitrogen levels are low.

Proper treatment and prevention strategies.

If you are concerned about your lawn, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us at Lawn Guru.

We can diagnose and suggest the best treatment. We are spray certified and if necessary, we can apply the right amount of fungicides to help stop fungal infection on its tracks.

With proper lawn care practices and timely maintenance, you can enjoy healthy and lush turf for years to come.

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