Any lawn is susceptible to getting a disease or fungus. However, the healthier the grass, the better chance it will have to fight off a disease that tries to invade it. Lawn diseases are no fun to deal with. Nonetheless, they must be dealt with, and the sooner the better. Some diseases that are left untreated can actually become so engrossed in the grass and the grass roots that the only solution is to kill any remaining grass blades and start with brand new grass. This can be very costly, if this is the only solution. There are certain things that you can watch for that could be signs of a formulating disease on your lawn. Following is a list of some of the things to look out for.
Keep tabs on color changes
Some grass blades will change colors due to extenuating circumstances, such as the presence of grubs, unbalanced nutrients, or dog urine that has come into contact with the grass. However, if you notice areas of unexplained color changes on the grass, then it could be a sign of lawn disease. Keep an eye on color changes and consult with a professional lawn care company if you suspect the presence of a disease.
Look for unusual patterns or shapes in your lawn
Often, a lawn disease will form a pattern or distinctive shape that is not a normally occurring vision in a yard. If you see a defined pattern, especially one that is created over a short period of time, it may be a good sign that a disease is forming.
Look for visible fungus on the lawn
Any sign of a fungus is a lawn disease that should be addressed. Most fungi are clearly visible, even to a yard novice, as with the presence of mushrooms. Fungi tend to grow very rapidly and spread easily, as well.
The most common lawn diseases in our area are brown patch, dollar spot, and stripe smut. High humidity plays a big part in forming these lawn diseases.
The truth is, there is a huge portion of lawns across our region that have some type of lawn disease or fungus. The best way to tackle a lawn disease is to provide a healthy environment for your lawn and provide preventative maintenance. However, diseases across lawns spread easily and commonly, so providing preventative care is a year-round project for you as a homeowner. Fungicides are often applied to lawns as a preventative measure, and are a good idea especially prior to a disease forming and taking over the beautiful landscape.
Contact the experts at Mighty Green Lawn Care if you suspect you have a lawn disease. We offer treatments to eradicate lawn diseases as well as preventative treatments to keep your grass healthy year-round.