Lawn Weed Treatment and Solutions
- A weed control plan is critical; weeds can damage your yard by competing with healthy grass for moisture, nutrients, light, and space.
- Proper fertilization, mowing, and irrigation encourage grass to grow quickly and prevent weed growth. Only fertilize during your lawn’s growing season, never mow more than 1/3 of your grass’s height at a time, and irrigate your lawn with 1/3 an inch of water every other day between 6 and 10 am.
- If you notice brown spots on your lawn during hot and dry spells, be sure to properly irrigate these areas. Ensure that your sprinklers are covering these brown areas completely.
- Most broadleaf weeds can be controlled by letting your grass grow longer. Choosing a higher mowing setting will help limit the amount of sunlight these weeds receive.
- A post-emergence treatment will put a stop to existing broadleaf weeds, such as dandelion, clover, and thistle. However, there may still be seeds left in the soil, so any new growth can be treated on a spot basis.
- Crabgrass is a grassy weed that is best controlled in the spring, right before the weeds germinate. Crabgrass germination typically occurs when the soil is above 65 degrees Fahrenheit, which is also the time of year when forsythias and lilacs bloom.
- While hot and dry weather encourages crabgrass, a well-maintained and properly fertilized lawn that is watered and mowed regularly will prevent crabgrass from growing.
- Five of the most common lawn weeds include dandelion, nutsedge, white clover, crabgrass, and bindweed.
Your local Lawn Doctor will implement a tailor-made program to address your lawn’s needs and get rid of both current and potential weed problems.
Lawn Disease Control and Treatment
- Five of the most common lawn diseases include brown patch, dollar spot, rust, leaf spot, and fairy ring.
- Brown patches pop up in the summer on cool-season grasses, and is caused by fungus in high temperatures. These big, discolored patches are round and can grow several feet wide. If left unchecked, brown patches can kill large areas of grass quickly. Fungicides will help stop the spread of brown patches.
- Dollar spot can be identified by white or beige lesions on the grass blades, which appear in circles no more than 6 inches wide throughout the lawn. This disease can be spread by contact, but lawn irrigation can help prevent dollar spot. The disease can kill both warm-season and cool-season grass.
- Rust will cause a yellowish discoloration on grass blades, which eventually turns to a rusty color (as the name suggests). Warm-season grasses in soils that are moist and low in nitrogen are most susceptible to rust, which can cause the lawn to thin and die out. Irrigation and applying a fertilizer with high nitrogen levels will help stop the disease.
- Leaf spot causes grass roots to rot in summer, leaving dark lesions on the individual grass blades. As the weather becomes increasingly hot and dry, infected areas of the lawn will “melt-out” and die. Aerating fertilizing, and watering deeply and infrequently will help prevent leaf spot.
- Fairy ring occurs when a circle of mushrooms surround an area of grass. These rings are usually several feet wide, and the grass inside the circle is often darker than the rest of the lawn. This disease will sometimes kill the grass inside the ring, as water often has trouble reaching the roots. Fertilizing regularly and aerating will help keep fairy ring away from your yard.
- Discolored and spotted grass leaves could be a sign of lawn disease. Problems like leaf spots, snow mold, and spring dead spot are caused by fungi. The best ways to prevent lawn disease is to keep your lawn healthy, through proper mowing, watering, and fertilizing.
- If you find lesions on your grass blades—particularly during cool weather—certain parts of your lawn might have leaf spots. In the summer months, the fungi will infect the blades, spread to the base of the grass, and ultimately kill it. Call your local Lawn Doctor. Our experts will apply a series of treatments to protect your lawn from devastating injury.
- Snow mold is a fungus that develops in wet, cool weather and can be destructive under snow or following a prolonged rainfall. While raking matted spots will encourage circulation and encourage lightly infected areas to repair themselves, significantly affected areas may require reseeding.
- Serious snow mold infections can result in crown and root rotting, so it is imperative to contact Lawn Doctor in order to prevent widespread lawn damage and disease.
- Bermuda grass is susceptible to spring dead spot. Also caused by fungi, this disease can rot both shoots and roots and is manifested as brightened dead spots as the grass emerges from dormancy.
If your lawn is suffering from disease, we’ll fix it. No matter what symptoms your grass may exhibit, our Lawn Doctor professionals will provide just the right treatments to help your lawn recover. Never lose hope of a beautiful yard; the remedy to your lawn’s trouble is just a phone call away.
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