While many people around the country are getting ready for brisk mornings and crisp nights, here in Summerfield, we are just winding down from a long and beautiful summer and a fall filled with storms and lots of moisture. The heat and drought stress of the summer combined with the oversaturation from the tropical storms can cause a ripe environment for various fungi and lawn diseases. Maintaining a healthy lawn with a comprehensive lawn care program can help but, it’s important to recognize when a problem with your grass is taking place. This article discusses the common lawn diseases that can damage your Summerfield lawn and ways to prevent them.
Lawn Diseases Ready to Destroy Your Florida Lawn
Here in Florida, we have a turf killer, and its name is brown patch. It thrives in our moist, humid environment. It is most common in the late fall or spring because there is less daylight to dry out your grass. When it arrives, it appears as large circular and irregular patches of dry, dead grass. It affects all types of grass, and once it hits, it rapidly spreads. The affected grass then withers and dies, allowing even more disease and weeds to take over. So how do you prevent brown patch from destroying your lawn? With good lawn care practices. Because sitting water is what gives brown patch life, never overwater your landscape and always make sure your turf is draining properly.
Grey Leaf Spot
This is another disease that prefers Florida’s wet, warm, humid climate. It’s identified by the grey or tan spots it leaves behind on your leaves. It mostly affects perennial ryegrass and tall fescue, but it can affect St. Augustine grasses as well. It is primarily a problem in shaded areas. In severe cases, lesions can develop on stems and spikes causing the leaves to wither and die. Avoid applying nitrogen fertilizer on moderately shaded lawns and use water early in the morning only when needed. Remove grass clippings where the gray leaf is spotted.
Another common lawn disease in Florida is dollar spot. This is because, like most of the other conditions we have mentioned, it thrives in the damp, warm areas of your lawn. It first appears as small round patches of white, tan, or straw-colored about the size of a silver dollar coin. As it spreads, multiple dollar spots can merge together. It becomes active in the spring when humidity is high, and temperatures are above 70 degrees. When it comes to trying to prevent dollar spots from occurring in the first place, try to minimize the warm damp conditions through proper irrigation. Water only early in the morning before the sunrise. This will give your grass ample time to dry, especially in these fall months, where we have less daylight. In order to have proper airflow moving through your grass at all times, invest in aeration once a year. It will help break up thatch and penetrate holes within your lawn, increasing air, nutrient, and water flow.
Rust Fungus causes your grass blades to appear as if they have been sprinkled with a yellowish-brown powder by the dust fairies. This fungus flourishes when the temperatures are between 68 and 85 degrees, preferring shade, heat, and humidity, all the makings of a Florida backyard. This powdery substance is hard to miss because it often sticks to your shoes, lawnmower, and your pet’s paws as they trudge across your turf. You can help prevent rust fungus by growing a thick, healthy turf. Fertilize with a nitrogen-based fertilizer and water for long, extended intervals. Minimize the amount of shade your grass receives and revitalize your lawn once a year with aeration to help break up thatch and assist with better drainage.
For the Best Protection Against Lawn Disease, Contact the Professionals at Advantage Green
All of these lawn diseases have one thing in common. They all grow well in damp, humid, mostly shaded conditions. At Advantage Green Lawn and Pest Solutions, we offer an eight-step lawn care program that addresses all your lawn care needs and provides your lawn everything it needs to combat these and other diseases. We include a balanced application of fertilizer, fungicide, and disease control applied as needed.
Our program is adjustable to fit the needs of your specific type of grass and lawn care needs. Call us today at 352 480-0702, visit us online and learn more about our eight-step lawn care program. Want to get to know us better? Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or share pictures with us on Pinterest.