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How to Get Rid of Fungus

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When we say the word ‘fungus’, what really comes to your mind? Is it the mushrooms or the growing mold on your shower?

Actually, you can think of either of them!

The reason is fungus range exists in unicellular forms such as molds or yeasts, to multi-cellular organism such as mushrooms. They are eukaryotic organisms which are classified in the kingdom called Fungi.

And just like fungi range from unicellular to multi-cellular, they are present in a lot many places that we can’t even think of! Speaking of which, the most common of all of these places is your house’s lawn.

Ever noticed the brown patches on your lawn grass? It’s fungi feeding on your lawn grass freely!

Hence, if you are already suffering from the lawn fungus and looking for some ways to get rid of them, then look no further and read on!

Here, we will discuss some great ways to get rid of these creepy creatures in your garden. But before we dig deep into this, let us first have a look at some underlying traits of this unwanted guest in our lawns.

About Fungus

Fungi play an important role in nutrients cycle of the environment. They are the key decomposers of organic matter. Without the presence of fungi in the environment, dead trees, leaves and other organic matter, which commonly build up in forests and yards, would not decompose into different nutrients plants needs.

For instance, when fungi decompose organic matter, it releases nitrogen into the environment.

Similarly, fungi can cause as well as cure many diseases. Ever heard of antibiotic penicillin which is actually produced from a fungus type? Similarly, cyclosporine is another key antibiotic prepared from a fungus that is used for organ transplantations.

However, the fungus that is found in lawns can literally take a lot of forms. These forms may vary from dead-looking patches to very apparent spots, rings, threads or slimes. And once your yard is stricken by grass fungal disease, it gets really difficult to get rid of it.

So, as soon as you witness the brown patches on your lawn grass or apparent spots of fungus in your garden, your best bet is to prevent it from spreading and choose a treatment that best fits your needs.

If you don’t know any of such fungus alleviating methods, here are some suggestions that are sure to help you.

Treat your lawn with a fungicide

The best way to go about the growing fungus in your garden is to address the issue with the help of a fungicide. For this, you can use any of the fungicides, such as systemic or contact.

A systemic fungicide is available in form granular, which gets dissolved in the soil and is taken up by the roots. The treatment lasts longer than the contact fungicide and must always be applied in accordance with the instructions provided on the product.

Another option is contact fungicide which is available in liquid form. It coats the plant surface and kills all the spores that come in its contact. However, it typically wears off much faster than systemic fungicide and is also less effective.

Prevention by means of soil test

Conducting a soil test of your lawn is beneficial in two ways; first, it will help in identifying the nutrient deficiencies which eventually lead to lawn diseases and stunted plant growth, and secondly, to diagnose fungal diseases. With that, you should also loosen the soil by way of aerating your lawn. This should be done every year or two. Similarly, make the most of top-dressing and improve your lawn soil by applying a rich layer. This will also help in increasing the drainage and in combating many diseases.

Adequate watering and air circulation

The best time to water your lawn is early morning as the sun comes up fully. It will help removing the additional moisture that may become a perfect habitat for fungus. Water your lawn in the morning and let the grass dry throughout the day. The need of water by your lawn is around one inch of water/week and you can keep track of it by using a rain gauge. The best way to go about this is to water less frequently but deeply as this will keep the roots strong and will allow proper absorption of water without causing the fungus growth.

Remove the dead plant’s layer and de-thatch the lawn

Thatch is the buildup of leaves, dead grass, stems, and roots which can easily smother the soil. However, to avoid fungal infections, your soil requires proper air circulation and for this, de-thatching can significantly help in preventing fungus infections. The best approach is to use a gas powered, mechanical de-thatch machine that is easily available in the market. The best time to carry out this preventive measure is in the spring season.

Some Unmentioned Specifics

Removing fungus from your lawn grass can be a daunting task. Therefore, the best way to work around the infestation in your lawn is to apply the right product. Ensure complete eradication of any fungal infestation by applying fungicide products.

However, to get the best results, follow the instruction provided on the product label and use the one that is specifically designed to treat brown patch disease. If not, you might get rid of fungus, but with that, you may end up compromising the soil richness and greenery of your lawn too.

Solutions Pest & Lawn has Fungus Solutions For Your Lawn

For fungus control, Solutions Pest & Lawn has the answer in the form of the various fungicides we carry. What fungicide would be best for your issue depends on the type of fungus you have. Is the fungus dollar spot? Is it Pythium blight, anthracnose or brown patch? If you don’t know what we’re talking about we have a Disease and Fungus page where you can learn about the various types of fungus.

If you need help identifying the fungus on your lawn, take a photo of it and send it to us at identification@solutionsstores.com and we will help you not only ID the fungus but also give you solutions in the form of fungicides such as Patch Pro Fungicide or Consan 20 Fungicide.

Conclusion

Fungus is an frustrating issue which can make your green lawn look unsightly. We hope with the help of our DIY tips and product suggestions you and your home become fungus free. For more information and DIY advices contact us at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or live chat with a rep online!  

 

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