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brown patchDisease and Fungus Control: Tips & Tricks

Disease and Fungus growth on your lawn can be a worrisome and often times embarrassing problem to have on your yard. What’s even worse is that they are often difficult to eradicate from your land without the right products and approach. However, with the help of Solutions carried fungus and disease-killing products and our easy how-to guides, you can control fungus-based diseases yourself.

Fungus and disease doesn’t come out of nowhere and is usually a sign of not giving your turf the proper care and maintenance. There’s no one reason that can bring about fungus but disease and fungus can develop from a combination of different causes like overwatering, using the wrong type of fertilizer, not mowing properly, among other reasons. The key if first pinpointing what type of fungal disease you have on your lawn as it can tell you what your lawn needs to remove it and prevent it from returning. We can help you identify your lawn fungus or disease. Just send us a photo of your lawn fungus and we will identify it and present different treatment options and products you could use to remove the disease.

How to Get Rid of Disease and Fungus: 3 Step Solution

Some of your top fungicides include Consan Triple Action 20, Kocide 3000 Copper Fungicide among others. What you choose depends on your turf type, the fungal disease that has formed and personal preference.

Step 1: Apply the selected fungicide during the cool morning hours. If the temperature is more than 90 degrees F, wait until it is cooler to apply the fungicide. It is important that you first know the type of fungus or disease your lawn has before proceeding with selecting a fungicide for treatment. Once the disease and/or fungus has been properly identified, you can take a look at what fungicides work best to treat your lawn.

Step 2: Mix the spray by combining part of the selected fungicide product with water, according to package directions. Be sure not to put in too much water as it will lessen the effectiveness of the fungicide product. Pour the mixture into the sprayer tank.  Thoroughly agitate the solution.

Step 3: Spray the mixture onto the grass or ornamental plants until the mixture is dripping from the blades and leaves. For best results, use a nozzle that sprays out at about 60 PSI. Depending on the severity of your disease you may have to re-apply the fungicide until you do not see the presence of the fungus any longer.  Follow specific product applications found on labels. It is also recommended to apply Vision Pond Dye as itdye will help minimize algae and submerged vegetation by filtering out UV light. 

It’s that simple! You can find more detailed how-to guides and even video tutorials by heading to our knowledge base. If you have any questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to call us or contact us via email at askapro@solutionsstores.com. Our experienced experts are standing by to help you when you need it.

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5 Ways You're Unknowingly Inviting Fungus and Disease to Your Lawn

What do you think of when you hear the words “fungus” and “lawn disease”? Do you automatically assume that once one of these inconveniences occur, it’s due to poor lawn care practices or lazy homeowners that don’t look after their lawn as much as you do?

 

Despite what some may believe, disease and fungus can spring up on even the most well-maintained lawns. In fact, there are times when a lawn owner can care TOO MUCH for a lawn that leads to issues like weeds, disease, fungi and other instances of an unhealthy lawn.

 

Does this Sound like You?

Much like an overprotective parent that coddles, hovers and controls a young child and is setting them up for future trouble and resentment, a overzealous lawn owner can become just as suffocating and smothering to their yard by giving their lawn an unhealthy abundance of TLC.

 

You may view your lawn maintenance as a hobby that occupies a lot of your time--you water it, cut it, and feed your lawn regularly and do all that you want to protect it from pests like lawn grubs and put this into overdrive during the drought season.

 

Unfortunately, all that aerating, fertilizer feedings and overwatering can be detrimental to you grass, weakening it and resulting in browning, disease and fungus that will have you scratching your head and saying “I thought I did everything to prevent this? What am I doing wrong. All I did was love my lawn.”

 

We know you love your lawn but to keep your front yard looking it’s best, it’s best to dial back some of that nurturing and take it easy. Solutions Pest and Lawn experts have noted down what the 5 ways you could be hurting your lawn when you think you’re helping, making it prone to lawn weeds and disease.

1. Mowing the Lawn too Short

Who doesn’t like a fresh cut lawn? However, if you’re cutting your grass too often and too short, you could be weakening your grass and hampering the shoots ability to develop strong roots. Grass that is weak will be no match against the heat of the sun and will become more likely to be overtaken by grassy undesirables like crabgrass and other invasive species of weed.

 

Usually the reason lawn owners mow their grass so low to the ground is to make it so they mow less frequently. However, trying to take a shortcut like this can be harmful. Lawns that are left to grow longer are able to have better water retention and are less likely to be invaded by weeds or fungi.

 

While the right mowing height depending on what type of grass you have on your turf, the rule of tumb is to cut no more than 1/3rd of the height of th grass at a time. This allows the grass to have enough height to be able to go through photosynthesis and produce enough energy to survive the cutting process.

 

To do: Adjust the height of your lawnmower's blades according to your lawn mower instructions. Also, check to see if your lawn mower blades are share enough. Sharp blades help to make a quick smooth cut that will help the grass to recover quickly. Dull blades, on the other hand, tear at the grass and make it more vulnerable to contracting a lawn disease.

 

Sharpen blades with a metal file at least twice a year, or use a sharpening service that typically charges a small fee, usually around $10.

2. You are Overwatering

Yes, lawns are nourished like we are by water but if you are giving your lawn too much nourishment, you’re not doing your lawn any favors. Do you know you can actually drown your lawn via overwatering?

 

Watering too much can result in the soil becoming saturated which makes it harder for the roots to accept the water and drink it in.  Of course, underwatering makes it so the water doesn’t nourish the roots at all and browning will occur. It’s best to strike a moderate balance.

 

To do: Give your lawn about ⅓  of an inch of water every other day during drought time. Watering should be done in the morning, and make sure to take note of your local weather and check whether rain is on the horizon so you don’t water on those days.

3. Being Too Generous With Feeding Your Lawn

A lawn that is well-fed is a good thing, but there is such thing as too much of a good thing. Just as we mentioned earlier with overwatering, overfeeding with fertilizer can also be detrimental to your turf’s health. For instance, too much nitrogen for your lawn can lead to excessive leaf growth while your roots stay relatively unaffected. This will result in weak grass that will be vulnerable to browning from drought and getting disease. Another negative of too much fertilizer is the potential for burning your lawn, causing your turf to shrivel up.

 

To Do: We recommend utilizing a slow-release fertilizer and applying it at the two optimum times, once in the spring and then again in the fall to strengthen your lawn before winter arrives. We stress to not fertilizer in the middle of summer when it is hot as this will make the likelihood of burning your lawn much higher.

 

One recommended fertilizing tip we have is to keep your grass clippings on the lawn rathering than picking them up after a mowing. Eventually they will decay and form a natural compost to feed your lawn. We suggest doing this especially in the fall.

4. Planting an incompatible Type of Grass

You may like Kentucky bluegrass or St. augustine for whole beautiful they can look, however, it doesn’t mean that those grass types will work on your yard or your region of the country. Planting the wrong type of grass on your yard can be a mistaken you will woefully regret.

 

A type of grass like Kentucky bluegrass we mentioned above may might grow swimmingly in your neighbor’s sunny yard, while in your more shady yard there won’t be enough sun to your backyard to satiate Kentucky bluegrass, which thrives in full sun conditions.

 

When planting a new lawn make sure to do your homework and check what conditions would be best for the conditions of your area as well as the specific features of your yard. We also recommend using grass mixtures of more than one grass type.


5. Letting Your Pets Leave Their “Business” on Your Lawn

Homeowners with pets have to be extra alert when it comes to where their pets do their “duty” because it could drastically effect your lawn. Anyone who has a pet knows that dogs love to use lawns as their bathroom. While it’s better that they go outside rather than inside of the home, their feces and especially their urine would not be a good look for your lawn by neighbors.

 

When it comes to urine, pets have a variety of minerals they release such as ammonia, salts and nitrogen which can burn grass and leave ugly brown spots on the lawn.

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To do: Try to train your dog to go in a special part of the yard where there isn’t turf. If they do happen to pee on your grass, you should act quickly to water the area to dilute the urine so it doesn’t eventually do damage.


We hope this list enlightens you to show the right kind of care for your lawn so it doesn’t run into problems from your past smothering. Check out our lawn care section to shop or learn more tips and helpful product recommendations

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