Lawn Care Guide

Rust Lawn Disease

Have you ever walked through your lawn and noticed a slight orange or reddish-brown tinge across patches of your grass that look like rust? Crazy as it sounds, it might actually have been rust. Not the same kind you’d find on your metal patio furniture, or your car, of course. But one that can be just as destructive.

Rust is a fairly common lawn disease caused by fungus. It usually shows up from mid-summer through late fall, once the growth of your grass has slowed. But rust can also appear any time your turf is under stress, like after extended dry periods. Rust spores are tiny and very light weight. They can be carried long distances by the wind, which means that even the best kept lawns can be infected. Usually, grasses with a fine texture and deep color, like perennial ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass, are the most likely victims of rust lawn disease.

Recognizing Rust

Rust usually takes hold in shaded areas first, during warm, humid weather. Any grass that remains wet for long periods of time, because of too much watering, lingering dew or poor drainage, could find itself rusting away. The fungi symptoms of this lawn disease begin as tiny yellow spots on the grass blades. These spots become elongated and eventually rupture into clusters of rust-orange spores that give the disease its name. When touched, the powdery, dust-like rust spores leave a color a lot like the fine particles of rust from metal.

Treating Rust Through Lawn Fertilization And Mowing

Rust that is not treated can quickly thin and destroy good turf, and it is especially dangerous to new seed. Once rust is established, a balanced, nitrogen-rich fertilizer works better than lawn disease controls for treating the condition. By mowing more frequently, at a higher mower height, you can also help to remove the rust spores before they spread to other leaves.

Prevention is the Best Cure

As with most lawn diseases, eliminating the conditions that cause rust is the best lawn treatment.

Your lawn service professionals at Spring-Green want to make sure your grass remains healthy and beautiful this season. By working together, we can develop a maintenance lawn service  plan to keep your lawn as disease-free as possible.

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FAQ

Does Spring-Green require a service contract?
Yes. In order to provide optimum service and fully guarantee our work, we require a 12 month service contract.
Does Spring-Green provide free estimates?
The application price and annual package is consistent for the majority of single family homes in our service area. The guaranteed service is designed to provide eradication of pests despite the level of infestation. For these reasons, our pricing is consistent across the board.
How long will the service take?
Our 1st visit is typically longer than the subsequent visits. Spring-Green provides a thorough and complete inspection of the entire home as well as an extensive clean out of hot spots and potential infestation areas. For this reason, your first visit could last 45 mins – 2 hours. All other visits typically last 20-30 minutes.
What is the process for quarterly service?
The time between visits is approximately 90 days.
Do I have to be home for the treatments?
We do require you to be home for inside visits. You do not have to be present for any visits limited to the exterior of your home. We ask that any locked gates be left open and all outdoor pets moved inside during exterior visits.
Is it necessary to leave my home during the service? If so, for how long?
You are not required to leave the home unless certain medical conditions exist. We ask that anyone on oxygen or chronically asthmatic should remove themselves from the home long enough for the treatment to settle. We simply ask that you avoid treated areas during the time of service and up to 15 minutes after the treatment is completed.
Will the stuff harm my children or pets?
Our products are used in accordance with label recommendations, and pose a minimal risk to people and pets.
Do I get any discounts for prepaying?
We extend a $15 discount when you prepay for a full year of service.
How long has Spring-Green worked in my local area?
Founded in Naperville, Illinois, in 1977, Spring-Green is a neighborhood-based service company. We take pride in serving our community. At home, at work, and at play, Spring-Green services affect people’s lives in a positive way.
What is included in the Total Home Pest Control Program?
The Pest Control Professional will first perform a thorough interior inspection which includes baseboards, carpet, window sills, window treatments, entry ways, ceilings, corners, crown molding, sinks, under sinks, pantries, between appliances, closets, basement walls, crawl space walls. This comprehensive inspection is designed to identify specific pest problems, and eliminate established invaders. Spring-Green will clean out hot spots and establish internal and external barriers. Products will be rotated throughout the year to prevent resistance.

The second visit involves collecting data from your initial treatment, re-establishing a strong barrier, and disrupting pest life cycles.

The third and fourth visits are designed to strengthen the barrier. This is especially important when the weather begins to cool and remains cold, as invaders search for food, water, warmth, and shelter.
What certifications do Spring-Green pest control technicians have?
Spring-Green takes certification seriously and we make sure our Pest Control Professionals are properly trained and receive annual certification based on state regulations. All of our Team Members are required to complete an internal certification through Spring-Green University, our proprietary online Learning Management System.
What is Spring-Green's guarantee?
At Spring-Green, meeting your expectations is our number one goal.

As a Spring-Green Total Home Pest Control customer, we guarantee your reasonable satisfaction with our pest control services. Due to the habits and life cycles of certain insects, no service or treatment can expect to achieve 100% control of all target pests at all times. As such, there may be times when pests are present days or weeks after a service visit.

In the event that you are not satisfied with the services provided by your Spring-Green technician, please notify us by phone or email within 90 days after your service is performed and we will return to your home to diagnose the problem and re-treat as is necessary. Due to the habits and life cycles of certain insects, no service or treatment can expect to achieve 100% control of all target pests at all times. As such, there may be times when pests are present days or weeks after a service visit. We will continue to work with you until you are satisfied. If we are unable to meet your expectations, we may refund or credit the cost of the services. For one time applications we guarantee the results for up to 30 days.
What's the guarantee if I don’t take the full program?
We offer a limited guarantee on anything less than our full program. We’ll correct any problem, related to our originally scheduled visit, at no extra charge if notified within 14 days of that visit. However, if you take advantage of our full program, there is no 14-day limit with our guarantee.
How and when do I pay?
You can prepay for the entire program up front, and receive a $15 discount. If you don’t prepay, we’ll give you an invoice at the time of service. If you are not home, we’ll leave the invoice at your door for you to mail in a payment or pay online.
What happens if I see bugs in my home in between visits?
If you notice persistent pests between service visits, call us; service calls are FREE. We’ll come back to diagnose the problem and re-treat as is necessary, at no additional charge.