Your lawn gets put through a lot. Weeds invade it, insects chew it, and heat shrivels it. But nothing is as hard to tame as fungus lawn diseases on the loose. Once out of their cages, they can run wild over your property and be very tough to get back under control. That's why we need your help in keeping diseases locked up. And the way you water and mow your lawn makes a huge difference in lawn and grass disease activity. Here are some tips that work:
On hot, dry days, 1,000 square feet of grass can lose 190 gallons of water. That's almost 1500 gallons of water consumed by an average lawn, per day! And since your grass is 80-90% water, it’s important to replace the water that's lost to prevent water weakness that gives lawn diseases an easy entry. Water early in the morning (between 4-8 a.m. is best) to give water on grass blades time to dry. Most fungal grass diseases use the moisture on grass leaves to produce spores and to move from plant to plant. When the water is there long enough, these spores have time to cause problems. Water deeply; at least 6 to 8” into the soil to encourage deep roots. This usually means you have to apply 1 to 2” of water a week. Learn more watering facts and best practices for your lawn and landscape.
Your lawn has ways of showing you when it’s ready for a drink. Grass will turn deep bluish and footprints won’t spring back.
The way you mow also affects your lawns ability to resist grass diseases.
Learn more mowing techniques for a greener and healthier lawn. From brown patch disease to red thread fungus, we want to keep the disease dragons at bay, but we need your help. When we work together, your lawn will stay greener, thicker and more pest-free. For more information on disease management, contact your neighborhood Spring Green.
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