Think you may need lawn fungicide? Comprehensive lawn care is the best defense against lawn disease
Lawn fungicide is used to control and prevent the fungus that leads to many lawn diseases. All lawns are subject to diseases, but poorly maintained and malnourished lawns are the most susceptible. The best way to avoid invasive fungus on your lawn is to prevent it in the first place. Comprehensive lawn care that bolsters a healthy lawn will help grass fight off fungal invasions and other plant diseases the natural way. If you think you have lawn disease from fungus, read on to learn more.
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When it may be time for lawn fungicide
If you notice brown patches or damage on your lawn, the first step is to determine if you have an issue with fungi. Lawn diseases are naturally occurring and many are caused by fungi in the soil. Fungi spread by producing spores and can produce hundreds of thousands of spores which can quickly spread by wind, rain, insects, or even mowing or walking through grass.
Generally, fungi is most likely to be concentrated in moist shady areas, and on dead leaves or excessive thatch or other organic material, which it will break down as food. Fungi also love nitrogen, so in the spring you’ll want to be sure you have a fungus-free yard before you apply fertilizer, or you may just feed your problem. Your landscaping company can assess conditions and make sure your lawn is cared for comprehensively, from the soil to the blades.
Fungus among us
Here are just a few of the common lawn diseases that attack cool-season grasses:
Brown Patch – Brown Patch, as its name implies, usually starts as a small dead patch, then spreads outward in a circular or horseshoe pattern up to two or three feet wide. It kills the blades of the grass but leaves the roots unaffected, so grass can recover.
Leaf Spot – Leaf spot causes brown to purple-colored lesions or spots on grass blades. It can affect different areas across the lawn. Leaf spot is made worse by thatch buildup and excessive nitrogen from fertilizers.
Fusarium Blight – Fusarium blight, also called summer patch, causes light green circular patches of grass, usually 1-3 inches in diameter. Patches turn reddish brown, then die. After winter snows melt, grass is covered with a white to pink mold.
Red Thread – Red Thread grows rapidly in moist and cool weather. Named for the pinkish-red threads that form on grass blades, it’s often most visible on wet grass. Once affected, grass blades turn brown and die.
Proper lawn fungicide applications are essential to eliminate the invasive fungus and prevent further lawn damage, which can spread quickly and devastate a lawn. Lawn fungicide is the last line of defense, used in addition to integrative lawn care that strengthens the natural defenses of the grasses. There are a wide range of lawn fungicides on the market, both organic and chemical in nature. Some are preventative and others are curative, and each has its own proper application.
Partner with the lawn care professionals
We understand that your yard is one of the most important assets of your home. That’s why it’s so important to have the professionals on your side. We can ensure lawn care practices that discourage fungus, such as:
- Planting the right type of grass for property conditions
- Regular mowing at the recommended grass height
- Proper irrigation schedules
- Regular fertilization schedules
- Lawn aeration for water, air and nutrients
- Proper soil drainage
- Weed and thatch control
- Proper application of lawn fungicide
The science-based Borst approach works in concert with nature’s system of built-in checks and balances. Don’t wait. Contact the lawn care experts at Borst by calling (201) 822-9327 or fill out our contact form.