8 Common Summer Lawn Diseases And How To Treat Them

8 Common Summer Lawn Diseases And How To Treat Them

Pythium Blight
Microscopic bacteria and fungi are lurking everywhere, including in your soil where they are waiting to wreak havoc on the beautiful summer lawn you’ve worked so hard to maintain. These diseases can be incredibly frustrating for any homeowner, but there are steps you can take to stop them in their tracks and restore the luster of your lawn. It’s important to remember that pathogens are almost always present in your soil, but it’s the susceptibility of different varieties of grass and the presence of proper environmental conditions that allow them to flourish. Unfortunately, the heat and humidity of summer provides ideal growth conditions for many of these annoying afflictions.

Summer Patch

This fungus thrives in Kentucky bluegrass and in many fine fescues. It begins as a series of small patches in the shape of a circle that grow quickly when the conditions are right. Since it attacks the roots, mowing at an optimal height will help the roots resist this disease.

Dollar Spot Lawn Disease

Dollar spot is known to infect a wide array of different grasses. Because of the small size of these spots, many homeowners will initially assume the condition isn’t serious, allowing the disease to spread out of control. Dollar spot doesn’t like low-moisture conditions, so make sure your sprinklers are setup to saturate the soil regularly.

Pythium Blight

This parasite strikes quickly and takes no prisoners. Pythium blight loves the heat and humidity, and it’s necessary to correct any drainage issues that might cause water to be collecting in certain areas.

Brown Patch

Brown patch typically becomes a problem when overnight temperatures don’t drop below 70 degrees and humidity remains high. Don’t fertilize in the presence of brown patch, as this will provide fuel for the disease to spread.

Fusarium Blight

This fungus typically affects cool-weather grasses during the hot summer months, and Kentucky bluegrass is especially vulnerable. It favors drought conditions, so frequent irrigation is a key part of the treatment.

Fairy Rings

These spots that grow outward from the center are one of the most difficult parasites to control. You’ll likely have to dig up the infected patch and try again.

Rust

During hot and dry conditions, rust is likely to appear on lawns that are receiving too much shade. Proper fertilization helps to resist rust as well, so make sure your fertilization and irrigation regiments are well-maintained, and try pruning any bothersome branches that are keeping your grass from getting the sun it needs.

 

While there are various treatment options available to combat these diseases, it’s far easier to have proper prevention measures in place beforehand. If your sprinkler system needs an upgrade, allow one of our New Jersey lawn care consultants to visit your home and devise an irrigation plan that will keep your lawn in optimal condition. All you need to get started is to Contact Us, or call 1-800-WETLAWN and speak to one of our helpful representatives.

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