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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.


The DIY Guide To Treating Lawn Fungus and DiseaseImage result for fungal disease lawn

When conducting a regular lawn maintenance routine, there can be a number of different factors which can slow down the progress you are making or make it tougher for you keep your lawn and vegetation green and healthy


While there may be the presence of a lawn pest like a grub or chinch bug in your lawn soil which can devour the fresh grass and plants in your lawn or garden, there can also be another element which can erode your lawn such as lawn diseases, viruses and bacteria which can have an adverse effect on your plants in grasses.


Perhaps the biggest disease threat to a homeowner’s lawn is the presence of fungi. Due to this fact, it is becoming vital that homeowners take action to ward off these fungal diseases. Your best to in getting rid of lawn fungus and lawn diseases which creep up on your lawn are fungicides.


Fungicides have been a trusted and relied upon part of disease management in gardens, greenhouses, and landscapes for many, many years. When conducting lawn care the DIY way, dealing with fungal diseases can be difficult to control without a working knowledge of the various types of fungi you may encounter on your lawn and what fungicides are the most effective against them.


On this page, aside from showing you what fungicides we have available, we will also provide you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions on how to tackle common fungus issues found on lawns and how to choose the best fungicides for the task.


What Is A Fungicide?

Fungicides are compounds which work to eliminate diseases caused by fungi either by hindering the growth of the fungus or killing the fungal pathogen.  Fungicides only work specifically on fungus and cannot eliminate bacteria, nematodes, or viral diseases.


There can be a wide variety of active ingredients contained in fungicide chemicals which can assist in successfully achieving fungi control, and different ingredients will work for specific plants and certain diseases.


The kinds of fungal outbreaks which fungicides can control include rots, spots, and rusts, among others ailments. Fungicides can be used in a variety of settings and had been used to treat lawns (turf & grass), gardens, and other plants, even plants found indoors.


The Most Common Types of Fungus and Diseases on Lawns

There are numerous fungal diseases that can sneak up on the lawn if the conditions allow it to thrive. Some of the more notorious ones include:


Types Of Fungicide Applications

Fungicides are typically grouped based on if they are able to be absorbed by the plant and if they can seep into plant tissues, their "healing" properties, the method in which they eliminate the fungi (mode of action), and the types of ingredients contained in the fungicide. Here are the various classifications you should keep an eye on when choosing a fungicide:


1. Is the fungicide Systemic or Contact?: Contact fungicides, also known as protectants, are not absorbed by the plant, instead of sticking to the plant surfaces when sprayed. Contact fungicides create a protective barrier which blocks the fungus establishing itself onto a plant and damaging plant tissues.Fungicides which are systemic are also known as penetrants. Systemic fungicides can be absorbed by the plant and are capable of moving from where the chemical was applied through the other parts of the plant.

2. Is the Fungicide Preventive or Curative:  Fungicides which are preventative work via preventing the fungus from getting into the plant in the first place. Preventive fungicides can only work when they have come into direct contact with the fungus and must be re-applied to new plant tissues in the springtime when plants and leaves resettle or if the product washes off. Curative fungicides on the other hand attack the fungus after the plant has been infected. This gives curative fungicides the ability to stop the disease after the infection has started or after first symptoms are observed.

3. What is the mode of action?: This refers to how the fungicide specifically affects the fungus.  Fungicides can either function by attacking the cell membrane of the fungus, or via inhibiting an important process of the fungi which is vital to its survival. It's recommended to incorporate different modes of action by mixture or by rotating products in order to achieve the best possible results and to prevent fungicide products from developing a resistance or tolerance.

4. What is the chemical group? This classification may vary depending on chemical composition, structure, and mode of action. For instance granular based fungicides, liquid-based, powder-based etc.


Things to Consider when Using Lawn Fungus and Disease Products

In order to use lawn disease and fungus control products successfully and in a safe and effective manner certain rules need to be put into place.

First, it is important that a fungus problem is diagnosed correctly. There are a variety of different fungi that could emerge onto a plant and they are caused by different conditions on the lawn. Before applying a fungicide you have to make sure that you know which specify fungus you have and what the cause of the disease is. That way, you can know the right fungicide to purchase and the right cultural and environmental changes to make to make it less likely for fungi to thrive on your property.


Solutions Pest & Lawn can help you by identifying the fungus for you if you are having trouble self-diagnosing your fungus issue. Simply send us an email with a high-resolution photo of your plant fungus to identification@solutionsstores.com and we will respond back with the correct ID of the fungus and also provide recommendations of fungicides to use to treat the issue as well as cultural practices which will assist in eliminating and preventing the disease from returning.


Secondly, it is important that after selecting a fungicide to apply to your infected lawn that you carefully read the label and follow the provided instructions. This will not only protect your plant from being further damaged, but it will also protect keep you and the environment safe from health hazards from mishandling the fungicide.


Also, have on the proper safety gear when handling fungicides or any chemical. We also recommend applying fungicide treatment using the appropriate equipment at the recommended application rate. 


Finally, follow the recommendations of the proper times to treat your lawn with fungicide and how often to lay out fungicide applications. The timing of the fungicide application at the optimum times can enhance the effectiveness of the product and prevent the need for additional fungicide spray applications


The instructional labels on the fungicides which we carry in stock should provide adequate information on recommended use, ingredients, mode of action, and formulation of the product. It is important to note that the best management strategy against fungal diseases is by promoting a healthy lawn and garden in the first place with regular lawn maintenance and a well-thought-out lawn care routine.

Before planting, make sure that soil, water, and light conditions are ideal for your plant. Once the plants have been established, make sure to use the appropriate sanitation, fertilization, and pruning practices to enhance plant health.

Shop Our Disease and Fungus Control Products Now

To check out our disease and fungus control products, click here. If you would like more detailed advice and recommendations customized to your specific fungal or disease issue, you can contact us directly via phone, email or online live chat. Solutions Pest & Lawn representative will be happy to address any of your concerns.


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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, an 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 your 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 ShortShort Lawn

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 thumb is to cut no more than 1/3rd of the height of the 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 sharp 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

Over WateringYes, 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 the 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 rather 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
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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 mistake you will woefully regret.


A type of grass like Kentucky bluegrass we mentioned above may 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 affect 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.


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


More helpful links:

How to Deal with Grass Fungal Diseases in Your Lawn


Lawn Diseases Prevention and Management From UC IPM

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