If your lawn is more characterized by brown patches of dying grass rather than by lush, green and thick grass then you may have a problem with lawn fungus. Of course the brown patches could be caused by other factors such as high temperatures combined with insufficient watering. You could have grub worms or some other insect that is harming your grass. Your lawn might need to be aerated or you might be cutting your lawn too low.
Â But if you don't cut your grass too short and you have treated your lawn to rid your grass of the pesky little insects that seek to do damage and you water your lawn frequently then you might have another problem that is leading to the brown patches that you are seeing. This is especially true if you see the brown patches arise after a heavy rainfall or after a time when you have been faithfully watering your lawn during a dry spell.
You might have a problem with grass fungus. With this in mind let's talk about lawn fungus treatment and what you can do to rid yourself of this blight on your lawn.
The average home lawn is not as susceptible to fungus as the grasses on a golf course are. However, there are fungi which will attack your home lawn. Most likely your lawn is some sort of combination between bluegrass and a fescue. The most commonly diagnosed lawn fungus is called âdollar spot.â This is a plague for many golf courses and is often used as a general term for fungus on home lawns, however, the average yard for the homeowner probably suffers from diseases that are more commonly known as âfading outâ of âgoing out.â
The spots in your yard will begin as a small circular brown spot in your yard. If you get heavy rain or you have done heavy watering then often these spots will begin to enlarge and spread. They can take over an entire lawn if left untreated. They will spread because a fungus will thrive in wet conditions.
It is often difficult for the average person to determine just what type of fungus that they might be dealing with. You may need to enlist the help of a lawn service company in your area. They will have the expertise to identify your problem and then to take the appropriate steps to take care of it.
But short of calling a lawn service company there are a few things that the average homeowner can do for lawn fungus treatment. The proper course of treatment will determine on the type of fungus that you are dealing with. There are some fungi that are primarily affected by the weather conditions. This would be the case if you are seeing the spots arise after prolonged wet periods. The other main cause of lawn fungi would be due to poor soil conditions.
If your problem is due to poor soil conditions then you can take a few steps to help remedy the problem. The first thing that you should do is to make sure that your yard is aerated a couple of times per year. Most likely one of the problems is that you soil is too compact. You can rent an aeration machine from your local tool rental company. This machine will remove plugs from your yard giving your soil room to breathe. You should do this in spring and in fall. You may also need to give your lawn a lime treatment if the pH level of your lawn is out of whack.
The lawn fungus treatment for lawns that have disease due to wet weather conditions are best treated with a fungicide. Make sure that you spread the fungicide according to the package directions but most of them will have you give two treatments to your lawn, one in April and the other in May. Depending on your location this might differ since the temperature ranges across the country have a wide range. If you use the fungicide as soon as you see the fungus beginning to take hold then you will be able to control the problem. Many of these fungicides will treat several varieties of lawn fungus. However, if you are still struggling with the problem after the prescribed applications then you might want to give a lawn service company a call so that they can specifically identify the type of fungus you are dealing with and treat it with a fungicide that is more specifically geared to dealing with your specific problem.
Also make sure that you cut your lawn to the prescribed height and make sure that you water your lawn regularly if you are not getting adequate rainfall. You should also de-thatch your lawn regularly to allow the water, fertilizer and other nutrients to reach the roots of your grass.