No one wants a patchy lawn come summer time. Many lawn diseases which plague homeowners throughout the summer can be controlled by timely application of fungicides during the fall. Read on to find out how fall fungicides and other preventive measures can help prevent reoccurrences of leaf spot and summer patch next this summer.
Spot the Leaf Spot
Leaf spot is a disease that appears during cool, drizzly, moist spring weather. Heavy, wet dews, high humidity on overcast days, watering at night, and frequent rain encourages disease growth. The disease over-winters in thatch, soil, or in lesions of infected grass. The fungus produces small brown spots on the leaf blades, which eventually expand to produce a dark purplish-red oval border around a tan center. The spots enlarge until the entire width of the leaf blade is blighted.
Patching Summer Patch
Summer patch is a disease that occurs during warm weather and can be found throughout much of the United States, although it is more common in warmer climates. Summer Patch is often associated with shallow root systems due to poor soil conditions. The disease forms circular patches, bronze-yellow to straw colored, that measure from several inches to several feet in diameter.
To avoid encouraging lawn diseases like leaf spot and dead patch, do not over-fertilizer the grass, and try not to fertilize in the fall since the disease can return in the cooler weather. Avoid using herbicides if you see signs of the disease, as some herbicides have been known to encourage lawn diseases. If you need to spray for weeds, spot spray only.
If lawn diseases are likely to return or have progressed far enough, fungicides will need to be applied as soon as symptoms are observed. Make sure to read the product label carefully and completely before use. Fungicides can be difficult to apply correctly and safely. You may want to hire a licensed professional with experience in lawn diseases to apply the chemical for you.
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