Lawn Care Tips

As a lawn care provider for 20+ years, my aim here is to provide some helpful hints, tips and advice to those who want to increase the health and appearance of the lawn they care for. Whether you are new to lawn care or an old hand, you will find information here that will save you time, money and wasted effort. Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, April 28, 2005

Lawn Diseases

There are several lawn diseases that can appear on a homeowner’s lawn. Some diseases are more harmful than others but some of the damage can often be reduced by the cultural practices of the homeowner.

Most lawn diseases only start after favorable conditions develop, and then if these conditions remain the disease will spread. Favorable conditions for a lawn disease may include turf that is under extreme stress and turf growing in poor soil conditions. Even the weather can impact the development of a lawn disease.

One of the easiest things a homeowner can do to avoid or lessen a disease in their lawn is to plant disease resistant varieties of grass. It also helps to use grass mixes and blends of different varieties of grass, as, if a disease affects one variety of your turf mix it may leave the others alone. Two other cultural practices include not over-watering or over-fertilizing your lawn, as some diseases prefer wet conditions or high nitrogen.

Diseases such as Dollar Spot, Red Thread, and Rust are apt to appear in lawns that are low on fertility and high on moisture. Other diseases that might appear under conditions of excess nitrogen and a heavy thatch condition include Leaf Spot (sometimes referred to as “Melting Out”) or Snow Mold. Lawn diseases that are apt to appear where there is a heavy clay soil, soil compaction or heavy thatch include Summer Patch, Necrotic Ring Spot, and Fusarium Blight.

Although some lawn diseases are easily identified, others may be much more difficult. My advice to a homeowner is that if they suspect a lawn disease has infected their lawn, they contact a professional. It can be very difficult for a homeowner to differentiate one disease from another and sometimes to even differentiate between disease and insect damage. A professional, however, makes these determinations on a regular basis. Payment for his advise is usually money well spent.

There is also a lot of good information on “lawn diseases” on the internet and it as close as your favorite search engine.

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At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Omaha Lawn Care said...

Thank you for this article which is very helpful to me. I hope others will also get help from this article.

At 9:59 PM, Blogger Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape Care said...

Agree. Sometimes, a homeowner cannot easily spot the difference between a disease and dead grass so the disease spreads and becomes difficult to treat. Although the NRS (Necrotic Ring Spot) thrives in climates and weather conditions, it is best to call professionals for proper treatment.

At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Colin R. said...

Sometime people can get rather overwhelmed by lawn care especially when diseases are involved. Care and attention are not always enough to prevent disease and professionals would can help.

At 7:30 PM, Anonymous Elle said...

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At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Roger said...

Ive found that by aerating the lawn e.g. rolling it with spikes it leaves the soil and the grass far less damp and therefore susceptible to disease and damp environments that encourage further infections.

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Lawn diseases can be overcomes by proper lawn maintenance and proper fertilization.

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