Once you’ve learned how to identify lawn disease, the next question is: what do you do about them, and how can you prevent lawn diseases from wreaking havoc on your lawn? That’s what we will discuss in this article.
Tips to Treat and Prevent Lawn Diseases
Lawn maintenance is the first defense to treat and prevent lawn diseases. Properly caring for your lawn will help you catch the first signs of trouble so you can swiftly deal with them and keep your lawn at its peak.
Here are a few fungal fighting practices you can use to prevent lawn diseases from wreaking havoc on your grass.
Maintain Proper Soil pH
Most lawn grasses prefer a slightly acidic soil near 6.0 to 7.0 pH. Keep your grass healthy and strong with routine soil testing and soil amendments.
Correctly applying fertilizer will set your lawn up for success. How often you fertilize and how much affect the growth and appearance of your lawn. Under fertilizing leaves the grass undernourished, while overfertilization promotes weak, rushed growth.
Proper watering techniques will help your lawn’s health, strength, and resilience. We recommend watering early in the morning when the evaporation rates are low. Avoid watering frequently. Instead, water deeply one to two times a week. Adjust your sprinkler system to accommodate rainfall or lack of it.
Plant the Right Grass for Your Region
The right grass is key to avoiding disease. Use this guide to choose the right grass for your region.
Using Good Mowing Practices
Following good mowing practices can help prevent lawn diseases. These include:
- Keep the mower blades sharp.
- Mow according to grass growth, not the calendar.
- Remove only one-third of the blade height per mow.
- Collecting and disposing of lawn clippings if fungal disease suspected.
- Change mowing patterns.
- Keep clean lawn tools to avoid spreading diseases.
Dethatch and Aerate Soil
Keep disease at bay with regular dethatching and soil aeration. Thatched or compacted soil restricts water and air and encourage disease. Routine aeration reduces compaction and dethatching and allows the air, sun, and moisture to reach their goals and improve your lawn’s health.
Most healthy lawns recover quickly with proper corrections to lawn care. However, when corrections alone aren’t sufficient, you may need to apply pesticides. Make sure to choose the treatment specifically approved for the disease at hand.
Many lawn fungicides are only available to licensed applications, so you may need to call a professional lawn care service.
Preventing Problems is Key
Preventing lawn diseases is key to a healthy lawn. If you discover fungus on your lawn, address it right away. We can help you diagnose and prevent lawn diseases so you can have the lush, green yard you deserve. Call Nichols Reliable Lawn Care & More today for a FREE estimate.