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How To Control Take All Root Rotroot rot

While springtime may be a great time to enjoy the weather and spend time outdoors, the cool temperatures and frequent rainfall create the ideal conditions for fungus and lawn disease to establish themselves on your lawn. For a lot of these diseases, having a healthy vigorous lawn to stand up to these unwanted invaders is enough to keep them at bay, however some fungus and diseases will make their way onto your turf no matter what maintenance measures you conduct, if the conditions are right for them. This is especially the case with a fungal disease known as Take-All Root Rot.

Take-All Root Rot has been infecting lawns all over the southern United States where the weather is warmer and more humid. The state where this fungal outbreak is the most prominent is in Texas. TARR can make its way on a variety of grasses. St. Augustine, Bermudagrass, Zoysiagrass or Centipedegrass are all susceptible to the disease as well as fescue and ryegrass. If left to its own devices, take-all root rot can quickly kill off significant parts of your turf, or even your entire lawn.

Signs of take-all root rot are usually very subtle that most lawn owners won’t notice the infection right away. Young leaf blades often begin to yellow or turn a faint colored green. This is often misdiagnosed as being a nutrient deficiency or damage caused by chinch bugs. The problem is then realized when they because to go very brown and die off in an irregular pattern. At worst, the roots can all die off and kill the entire grass and become replaced on your lawn.

If your lawn comes down with take-all root rot, we advise you to act quickly in treating it before it takes over. At Solutions Pest and Lawn, we can equip you with effective control products and also help be offering free how-to advice.

How To Get Rid of Take-All Root Rot: 3 Step Solution

Take-all root rot can be a difficult disease to remove from your lawn and can be quite frustrating for even the most seasoned of lawn owners. Simply removing the lawn and re-sodding with the same grass won’t solve the problem; your new sod will simply become infected again by the disease. We recommend a chemical means of control as well as some patience and diligence on your end to ensure a successfully removal. Below we have laid out a simple three step plan you can follow to get rid of TARR and keep it gone.

Step 1: Start with a careful inspection of the problem. While it make look like take-all root rot, it may not be and the cause may be a different disease or pest problem all together. Misdiagnoses happen so you have to inspect to be sure what you have is indeed TARR. If for some reason you are not completely sure, you can take a photo of your lawn and send it to us via email at indentification@solutionsstores.com and we will provide you with the proper ID of the disease as well as offer you recommendations of control products to alleviate the problem.

Step 2: Once you have confirmed that what you have on your lawn is indeed take-all root rot, you can then move to treatment. We suggest a mixture of fungicides as well as adopting the proper cultural control practices such as adequately watering the lawn and mowing to remove the disease. Timing is important when using fungicides. The best time for application is in the springtime or fall. Mix the fungicide in a hand-held sprayer with an adequate amount of water (refer to the product label for proper application rates) and apply generously to the affected areas. The water will ensure that the product moves into the grass stolon and root zone rather than drying on the leaves. Re-application may be necessary to ensure the problem has been totally neutralized.

Step 3: Once take-all root rot is no longer on your lawn, you will need to engage in preventative measures to prevent it from returning to your yard. Some of the conditions where take-all root rot may form are: —excessive shade, herbicide injury, soil compaction, temperature extremes, imbalanced soil fertility, inappropriate irrigation scheduling, improper mowing height or frequency or any other condition which weakens the turf. By addressing these conditions, you can ensure that your lawn is healthy and vibrant and take all-root rot will be a problem of the past.

Browse our take-all root rot control products below. If you have any questions or would like more how-to advice, give us a call, chat with us online or send us an email. We are always standing by and are eager to help.

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