Lawn diseases can occur anytime of the year based on grass type and weather conditions. Fungus lawn diseases are most severe during rainy periods or occur when too much irrigation water is applied to the lawn. It is important to take the necessary steps before your lawn shows signs of outbreak. Preventative lawn maintenance and the use of fungicides will help keep your lawn healthy.
Preventative Lawn Maintenance
Proper mowing, watering and fertilization practices are extremely important for a healthy lawn. Follow the tips below to help prevent lawn diseases and the growth of fungus:
- Mow at the proper height following the one-third rule of never cutting more than one third of the blade at one time when mowing
- In the morning, water the lawn one inch per week
- In the summer, fertilize warm season turf with nitrogen
- Do not leave huge piles of clippings on your lawn
- Remove access thatch when necessary
- Water the lawn less frequently
- Aerate compacted soil areas
The uses of fungicides are only effective for lawn protection before the infection has run its course. Once damage is present on your lawn, fungicide applications will not help restore those damaged turf areas. Fungicides can help kill existing fungus and also reduce spreading to surrounding areas.
Most fungicides in the market today contain very powerful chemicals. When purchasing a fungicide, choose the right product base on the fungal lawn disease present in your yard. Understanding the environmental conditions and reading the product labels are key factors in choosing the correct fungicides.
It is recommended to contact a local lawn care service professional concerning the use of fungicides. A lawn care professional can help diagnose the lawn disease and the right fungicide product base on your grass types. Remember, it is not how much fungicide you can spray on your lawn! It is understanding the preventative lawn maintenance tips and identifying the lawn’s issue.