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How To Control Pythium Blight

Some of the worst lawn diseases are ones the you don’t notice until the damage is painfully obvious. This can be the case with pythium blight which is a highly destructive turfgrass disease. If left untreated, pythium blight can spread around your lawn, killing off your turf which will result in a lot of labor and expense needing to be shelled out to restore your lawn.

Pythium blight is also known as cottony blight, spot blight or grease spot, and affects grass in the summer when the temperature as well as the humidity is considerably high. Grasses infected with pythium blight often go undetected by lawn owners because in the early morning, turf infected with pythium appears to look wet with dew and darkly colored green. This in fact is not the case and it may be due to the greasy or oiliness of infected grasses.

When the weather becomes hotter, this infected grass begins to wilt at an alarming rate, turns brown and then dries and dies out. In other cases, a sign of the disease is white, cobwebby, mold-like growths of the fungus appearing on the leaves and blades of grass. At worst case, the solution to fighting the disease is changing your grass entirely and starting from scratch which may not be ideal with how time-consuming and expensive that would be.

If you have pythium blight on your lawn, you will need the help if fungicides to eradicate them from your lawn. Solutions Pest and Lawn can provide you with the best fungicides on the market and on top of that, we will show you how to apply them so you get maximum results.

How To Get Rid of Pythium Blight: 3 Step Solution

Unlike some of the more common lawn diseases, pythium blight can be a very difficult disease to control. That’s why rather than fighting the lawn disease when it appear on your lawn, it’s better to set preventative measures so the disease doesn’t appear on your lawn to begin with. Fungicides are often seen as a last resort. However if pythium blight has established itself on your turf, it’s not a hopeless battle trying to remove this stubborn disease--if you have the right product. Here we have laid out three basic steps to tackle this troublesome lawn disease.

Step One: Before proceeding with control, it is important to correctly identify the lawn disease and be certain that it is pythium blight. Often, diseases are confused or misdiagnosed as other diseases which can muddy up the fungicide selection process. Correctly ID’ing the disease can help you to choose the right fungicide that is specifically designed to treat the disease. Pythium blight has some clear cut characteristic which you can spot but if you are not certain what lawn disease you have, we can help. Take a photo of the diseased area of your lawn and send it along to identification@solutionsstores.com and we will respond back with a correct ID of the fungus and recommend you products and tips to treat the disease correctly.

Step Two: Once the disease is properly ID’d as pythium blight, you will need to select a fungicide which is ideal to treat this lawn problem. We have a number of different fungicides which can effectively treat and remove pythium blight (our recommendations are found below). What’s most important when applying any fungicide you select is timing and attacking the disease in its early stages. Spray the affected areas immediately with your fungicide of choice. You may have to re-apply fungicides a few times to provide continuous control of pythium blight. You may need to reapply the application after a period of 7-14 days to ensure the pythium blight is totally eradicated.

Step Three: Once the pythium blight has been removed from your lawn, you must keep it from coming back by practicing organic control measures and routine maintenance. Control practices for residential lawns are based on avoiding excessive nitrogen fertility during the summer season, avoiding early evening irrigation, and improving air circulation to hasten drying of leaf surfaces.

Browse our pythium blight 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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