Warning Signs of Incoming Lawn Disease
December 10, 2015
Lawn disease can be a serious problem. It badly damages lawns, can spread all across your lawn and garden, and depending on the type of fungus, it can actually be incurable and the only way to get rid of it is to have your lawn replaced.
Prevention is the key to avoiding lawn disease, because prevention is much easier than treatment. However, the earlier you treat, the more likely the lawn disease can be stopped. The following are some ways to know that you may be about to experience lawn disease, and what to do about it.
Lawn Disease Symptoms
Every lawn disease is different, so unfortunately there is no one-size fits all approach to identifying it and combatting it. Some of the most common types of these are fairy rings, dollar spot, fusarium blight, pythium blight, and snow mold, and each of these has its own unique symptoms. However, there are some warning signs that you may be have an incoming lawn disease, including:
- Unexplained, Random Color Change – Often the first sign will be a color change to the blades of grass. While lawns can die from grubs, poor care, dog urine, and more, most of the time grass will lose its color more uniformly. If it doesn’t, it may be a sign that lawn disease is occurring.
- Patterns and Shapes – Similarly, in some cases of lawn disease, the color changes tend to have very specific patterns. If you can identify these patterns, you may have a lawn disease. Keep in mind that not all lawn diseases have patterns, but patterns are a clear sign that something is amiss in your lawn.
- Presence of Fungi – Of course, a very clear sign of lawn disease is the presence of fungi. All fungi are a lawn disease. Some create mushrooms, which are very obvious when they enter your lawn. But others invade the blades of grass. It may be harder to notice that they are there, but if you examine a dead blade of grass you’ll often see signs of some non-grass matter on the blade.
Solutions to Lawn Disease and Proper Identification
Proper lawn care practices are the best way to prevent lawn diseases. Fungicides are also more effective when they are used before a disease has occurred. Luckily, you can still treat most lawn diseases after they’ve happened. If you’re concerned that your lawn has been invaded by lawn disease, contact Green Lawn Fertilizing today, and let us examine and treat your lawn for you and provide you with solutions that will combat lawn disease in the future.
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