Protect Your Lawn from Fungus & Disease
At Arrow, we know that treating your lawn for fungus or disease can be tricky. Sometimes you don’t even know it’s there and then you start seeing brown patches or spots of declining grass areas that get larger. Once your yard is infected, it can be difficult to treat. That’s why we created our lawn program, so we can get your grass healthy again with minimal headaches.
Diseases We Treat
Large Patch Disease - Large patch typically occurs November through March when temperatures fall below 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This disease occurs when there is excessive rainfall, excessive irrigation or extended periods of high humidity when the turf is wet for 48 hours or more.
Gray leaf spot disease - Most common in late spring to early fall where there are prolonged periods of rainfall or excessive application of quick release nitrogen sources, gray leaf is identified when the disease causes yellow spots on the leaf. As it matures, these spots turn into elongated brown and gray spots, which can kill the plant over time.
Pythium root rot - Root Rot can appear anytime pf the year when wet soil conditions are present as a result of excessive rainfall or irrigation. Poor drainage will compound the problem. These patches of disease look orange or yellow and gather in distinct patches. They typically look like wet patches in the yard and feel slimy when touched.
How We Treat Lawn Disease
As a part of our lawn treatment program, you can expect the following from our professionals:
- A thorough inspection of your yard to identify potentially diseased areas
- Identification and plan to treat specific lawn diseases
- Continued treatment of lawn health based on season
- Regular visits each month to monitor grass health and address areas of concern with site specific products
Identifying Lawn Fungus
If you’re unsure if your lawn is dealing with a disease or fungus, watch out for these tell-tale signs:
- Brown patches of dead grass that continues to grow
- White or yellowing patches of grass
- Spotting on leaf blades
- Stunted grass growth in patches
- Darkened, wet, or slimy-looking grass areas
How to Prevent Lawn Fungi
- Mowing practices - Scalped lawns are more susceptible to lawn diseases, so mow your grass to the correct height and keep mower blades sharp. We recommend a mowing height of 3-4” for St. Augustine turf, the most common type of turf in our area.
- Aerate soil - Once or twice a year, it is important to aerate your lawn to allow water and nutrients to better reach grass roots.
- Water - Properly water your lawn in the early morning twice a week in spring and summer and once a week in the fall and winter.
- Grass type - Choose your grass based on what is suited best for the Florida climate so they are able to better protect against lawn diseases in your area.
To learn more about Arrow’s lawn program which includes lawn pest control, disease management and weed control, or to schedule a free lawn evaluation, call 800-226-3139 or fill out the contact form online to get full details.