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How To Control Dollar Spotdollar spot

A common lawn disease which irritates lawn owners because of its ability for uglying up lawns is one known as dollar spot. It may appear as a small patch of what looks like dead grass but if left alone, it can spread all over your lawn, making for an embarrassing eyesore. Unfortunately, it’s easier to prevent dollar spot on your lawn than it is to treat it when discovered on lawns. However, there are ways you can treat this disease and be successful in removing it from your turf.

Dollar spot is a fungal disease that commonly affects closely cut turf. The fungus is not picky in the kinds of grasses it grows on as it can be found in a variety of settings such as golf courses and residential lawns. It often affects bentgrass, bermudagrass, fescue, ryegrass, and Kentucky bluegrass.

The reason why the fungus is called dollar spot is because of the small, distinct tan circles which form on lawns between 1 to 6” across which are roughly between the size of a silver dollar to the size of a small pancake. While at first, these spots don’t look very serious on their own, they can very easily get out of hand, spreading among your entire lawn with its damage. Dollar spot tends to kill the turf down to the roots, resulting in potential serious scarring of a lawn.

If you have dollar spot present on your lawn, there are ways you can tackle it and run it off your property. At Solutions Pest and Lawn we have all you need to treat this pesky lawn disease the right way.

How To Get Rid of Dollar Spot: 4 Step Solution

Removing a lawn disease like dollar spot can be quite a frustrating task as it does not go away very easily. Prevention is often easier to conduct than the cure or fighting the disease. The most important factor in treating a lawn disease is timing. Attacking the disease upon the first signs of it on your lawn will reduce the chances of it spreading and really taking hold on your lawn, which will result in needing to kill your lawn and reseed. Below we have outlined 3 basic steps to follow to successfully conduct a DIY treatment to eliminate dollar spot.

Step 1: To start, it is best to do a careful inspection and identify that the disease on your lawn is indeed dollar spot. There are instances where lawn owners get the disease confused with another fungus or disease like brown patch. There are distinguishing traits which let you know for sure whether or not you have dollar spot but if for any reason you are not sure, you can contact us and take a photo of the grass to send to identification@solutionsstores.com and we will respond back with a correct ID of the fungus and recommend the correct fungicides to treat this lawn disease.

Step 2: Upon ID’ing the plant as dollar spot, you will need to apply fungicide immediately to the affected areas. There is no time to waste. At Solutions, we have recommended fungicides which specifically target dollar spot and can eliminate the problem. Follow the instructions on the label carefully and treat the spots right away by spraying liberally on the infected areas.

Step 3: Rotate products regularly. Like we’ve mentioned above, dollar spot is a stubborn lawn disease and can develop a resistance to fungicide products. The way you can lessen resistance is to limit your applications and rotate products until the lawn disease is completely wiped out from your lawn

Step 4: Once dollar spot is eradicated from your lawn, prevent future outbreaks by establishing a regular lawn care routine. Water and mow your lawn regularly especially during the growing season and when conditions are ripe for the potential of disease. Aerate your lawn and give your lawn the proper nutrition by fertilizing in the early spring.

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