At Spring-Green, we don't just help you treat current grass diseases: we also provide preventative maintenance programs to help keep them from paying your lawn a second visit. We know that grass that looks healthy can still be susceptible, which is why regular examinations for lawn diseases are a standard part of many fertilization and weed control programs.
Grass diseases can come in many shapes and forms, but one thing is always consistent: trusted lawn care services from Spring-Green to help you regain control of your yard.
Types of Lawn Diseases
Red thread. Brown patch. Pythium blight. Believe it or not, these are all names for several different types of common lawn diseases. Here at Spring-Green, we've seen it all, and we know what to keep an eye out for when it comes to caring for your lawn.
From common lawn patch and ring diseases to snow mold, rust and more, please visit our FAQs for in-depth articles and information about a variety of different types of grass diseases.
Proactive maintenance is one of the best ways to prevent many lawn diseases from infiltrating your yard. Here are a few helpful tips for ways to increase resistance to lawn and grass disease:
- Fertilizing Lawn Care
Everyone knows that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and the same goes for your grass. Proper fertilization is one of the most important ways to keep your grass healthy, robust, and resistant to lawn diseases. But don't fall for the "quick green" effects of cheap, fast-release nitrogen fertilizers, which have also been linked to brown patch lawn disease.
Strong grass craves a properly balanced fertilizer (such as those provided by Spring-Green) that's also customized for the growing conditions of your local climate. Choose a cheap fertilizer, and it won't give your lawn the balanced diet it needs to effectively ward off many lawn diseases.
- Thatch Control
Thatch is that layer of partially decomposing organic matter (sticks, twigs, stems, etc) that sits between your grass and the soil. If your layer of thatch becomes thicker than 1/2", it becomes a breeding ground for insects and diseases. Not only that, but thatch also prevents water and fertilizer from reaching grass roots, and in some cases, it can even make it hard for your grass to reach the soil. As discussed below, lawn aeration is one of the best ways to help reduce thatch.
- Lawn Aeration
Thick thatch and compacted soil are two of grass and lawn disease's favorite things. But regular lawn aeration (we recommend at least once a year, if not both in the fall and spring) can prevent all of these from taking over your yard. Core aeration works by pulling up plugs of soil and thatch from your lawn, leaving room for air, water and fertilizer. If your turf has been susceptible to lawn diseases in the past, core aeration should be one of your primary strategies against reoccurrence in the future.
- Proper Watering and Mowing Also Helps Combat Lawn Diseases
The way you water and mow your grass can also have a dramatic effect in terms of combating lawn diseases. When watering, be sure to water deeply, at least 6 to 8" down, to allow your grass roots to gain a firm and deep foothold. Watering early in the morning is best, and try to avoid watering at night -- many lawn diseases flourish in the dark and moist environment.
Since the food-producing part of the grass plant is located nearer to the top, you don't want to mow your grass too short. Moving higher during the summer also protects the stem from heavy sunlight. You also want to be sure to keep your mower blade sharp, since shredded grass tips can provide easy entry for lawn and grass disease spores.
When it comes to lawn diseases, you can trust Spring-Green's professional team to help get your yard back on the road to health. If you are benefiting from any one of our lawn fertilization and weed control programs, you should know that we regularly monitor your turf for signs of lawn and grass disease.
Treatment for grass diseases varies for each specific type. Red thread lawn disease, for example, may be treated with fungicide and checking for nutritional deficiencies in your lawn. Brown patch lawn disease, on the other hand (as one of the most damaging types of grass diseases), may require more extensive lawn repair.
Don't forget: if you're worried about lawn diseases in your yard, there's no time like the present to start a preventative maintenance program. Use a proper blend of fertilizers. Follow a consistent lawn care program. Practice core aeration to reduce thatch and help encourage deep rooting. Water deeply, and less often. And keep that lawn mower blade sharp and high! All of these things, taken as a whole, will not only give you a yard that's resistant to lawn diseases, but a yard that looks great too.
To learn more or set up a free evaluation, please contact your neighborhood Spring-Green lawn care service today!