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How To Control SmutSmut

When you’re out in your yard and notice dark or black spores on your plants, it can be alarming, especially if you try to knock them off and they keep coming back. That substance that is growing on your grass and garden is definitely a cause for concern as is usually due to a variety of several closely related and highly specialized pathogenic fungi commonly classified as smut. There are a number of different types of smut diseases and they can affect a variety of different plants: from turfgrasses, to sugar cane and even crops like maize, barley and wheat. Some of the more common smut diseases are stripe smut, black smut and flag smut.

No matter the type of smut, these fungal diseases are very frustrating to deal with and they seem to spring up out of nowhere and disappear mysteriously as well. Lawn that are affected by this fungus growth is not immediately apparent, making it a very subtle fungus that can go undetected for long periods of time. Smut-infected turf usually becomes obvious three or four years after initial infections occur.

The affected areas are not well-defined, appearing chlorotic or yellowing during the spring season, but then taking on a brown color in summer. This darkened color of the affected plants is the result of millions of brownish-black spores which are created inside of infected plant tissues and become exposed as the fungal progress rips through leaves.

If you are dealing with smut on your lawn in a heavy concerning amount, fungicides may be the way to treat them and we here at Solutions Pest and Lawn can provide you with the tools and the know-how to effectively control smut.

How To Get Rid of Smut: 3 Step Solution

The appearance of a fungus like smut on your lawn should be a major concern as fungal infections and colonization tend to weaken plants, making them more prone to death during extended periods of hot, dry weather. Plants infected by smut produce a large number of blackened spores that discolor maintenance equipment like lawnmowers etc. Smut should be approached with the right products and the right knowledge. We have provided three basic steps for you to follow below to properly treat this fungus.

Step 1: Inspect and correctly identify if the mold you are seeing is indeed smut. While smut can be quite apparent to diagnose there may be cases where you may get the disease confused with a different disease. Identifying the growth correctly will help you in selecting the proper fungicide and help you in your treatment approach. If you are not entirely sure whether or not it is smut, we here at Solutions can help. Send us a photo of what you see to identification@solutionsstores.com and we will respond back quickly with the proper ID of the disease as well as give you recommendations on fungicides specially design to treat smut.

Step 2: Once the disease is properly ID’d as smut, you can move on to treatment. We have a variety of different fungicides which can effectively treat and remove smut. Choose a fungicide we have listed below and mix using a hand-pump sprayer. Spray the affected areas immediately going in accordance with the instructions found on the fungicide label. You may have to re-apply fungicides a few times to provide continuous control of smut.

Step 3: Once the smut has been taken care of, you can carry out a few maintenance tasks to ensure the fungus doesn’t return. Giving your turf adequate sunlight by removing shady areas is a good start. Also reducing the amount of watering you are doing to ease the moisture and let the soil dry out can also be helpful. Overall just paying a bit more attention to your lawn's needs will go a long way in controlling slime growth and making sure it doesn’t re-emerge.

Browse our smut control products below. If you have any questions or concerns, send them our way via email, phone, or online live chat and we will be happy to assist you.

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