Florida is known for its agreeable weather but having great weather all year long has a downside. It also means year-round lawn care. We don’t get the three-month break from our lawns that most of the country gets. Our warm weather and humid conditions create the ideal environment for spring lawn diseases. These diseases can ruin the pristine and uniform look of your lawn, allow weeds to take over, and even kill your grass. Know what you are fighting so you can take the proper steps to control and prevent them.
Take-All Root Rot
Take All Root Rot is a fungal disease that is very common on warm-season turfgrass roots. This pathogen attacks the roots of grass and prevents it from efficiently taking up water or nutrients from the soil. It appears as weak, brown, dead patches of grass that suffer from stunted growth and disrupts photosynthesis. Take-all root rot has become a big problem in southern states in the last 10 to 15 years. Its favorite grass type to attack is St. Augustinegrass and bermudagrass The disease is triggered by high rainfall and stressed turfgrass in the summer and early fall months during our rainy season. The disease is exacerbated by extended periods of wetness.
Gray Leaf Spot
The difference between brown patch at gray leaf spot is that it attacks the tops of the leaves, leaving brown, oblong spots with grey growths in the center. Gray leaf spot’s prime target is St. Augustine grass. As time goes on, the disease grows into larger more irregular shapes. Gray leaf spot weakens and stunts your grass, making it susceptible to other pests and diseases. The warm moist climate of Florida allows for the spores to spread to other parts of your lawn.
Like most of the funguses that affect Florida lawns when temperatures are between 60-85 degrees. They appear when your grass has been wet for a long period of time. Rust appears as a reddish-orange powder that has been sprinkled over your lawn. As the spores get bigger, they burst, releasing red spores into the air that can travel to other parts of your lawn or your neighbor’s yard. Walking, playing, mowing, and yard work can all help spread the spores. Rust causes grass to slow down and decline, leaving the area open for opportunistic weeds.
Brown Patch Fungus
Brown Patch is a disease affecting warm-season grasses such as St. Augustinegrass, Bermuda, Bahia, and Centipede. One of the main symptoms of Brown Patch is yellowing grass. Infection usually spreads in a circular pattern, sometimes with live sprigs of grass in the center of the yellowed circle. The fungus goes to work rotting tissue at the base of the grass. Affected blades pull out easily but roots remain intact. Brown patch is usually most common in the spring and fall when temperatures are cooler and grass remains wet. The application of fungicides and proper irrigation can help mitigate brown patch.
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