How to Spot and Treat Lawn Fungus
Have you taken a peek at your lawn lately? It may need a little extra TLC since we predict lawn fungus to be a common issue many of you will face this year.
With all the excess moisture we had over the winter, conditions will surely be ripe for fungal disease to develop. And if your grass is undernourished, it’ll be more prone to disease attacks.
As the temperatures rise, fungal spores that wintered over will start to spread and may get out of hand. And if your lawn was stressed out last year, your lawn could be even more at risk.
Did you know? The number one cause of lawn stress last year was our hot and dry summer.
But that doesn’t mean you should drench your lawn in water immediately. Over-watering can cause lawn stress.
If water stays on the grass blade for too long, it’ll be more susceptible to fungus infection.
How to spot signs of lawn fungus:
- Brown or dead spots on grass blades
- Dead or dry spots on the lawn despite regular watering
- Discolored patches that grow in size
- Thread-like or dark spots or powdery coatings on the grass blades.
Some well-known lawn fungi:
- Dollar Spot
- Brown Patch
- Necrotic Ring Spot
- Summer Patch
- Powdery Mildew
- Snow Mold
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” -Benjamin Franklin
If you spray your lawn before the sprinklers are turned on, it may prevent the fungus from getting a start in your grass, which saves you money and time in the long run.
Popular treatments include:
Lawn fungus can be tricky, but the Glover Nursery Diagnostic Team is happy to help you choose the best treatment for your lawn. Send us a photo of your lawn here and provide us with more info so we can help you out. Or better yet, come on by and visit us in person! We’re excited to help you get your lawn healthy and green again.
Interested in more lawn content? Learn about lawn overseeding here.
Watch this video to learn what to be aware of for potential lawn fungus issues: