In Wadsworth Ohio, turf diseases occur when the weather favors disease development. Hot and humid weather greatly contribute to disease.
Moisture in your lawn can also contribute to ideal conditions for disease growth. We recommend watering your lawn in the morning during the summer so the sun and wind have the opportunity to dry the excess moisture. Watering in the late afternoon can accelerate the conditions for lawn disease growth.
Fortunately, lawn diseases can be treated. In some cases the application of lawn fertilizer can provide the grass the necessary nutrients needed to outgrow the disease. However the best method of controlling lawn disease is to decrease the amount of watering times and cut grass to right length during the susceptible times of year.
The ideal length of grass in your Wadsworth lawn should be 3-1/2″. Usually in early spring you’ll want to mow it tighter so it has a chance to dry out. Mid summer, (the dryer months) it’s best to leave your grass a bit taller then in the fall before the snow comes, we recommend cutting it very short to avoid snow mold.
If your lawn has been overtaken by one of the common lawn diseases described below, we can treat your lawn with premium grade fungicide which will also work well to eliminate the disease in your lawn.
Below are some of the most common turf diseases that we deal with in this region.
Snow Mold Fungus:
Snow mold is a fungus that appears in the early spring. It is caused by the snow sitting on top of the lawn during the winter. Drainage problems and heavy winters can contribute to worse years of snow mold presence. It is recommended to rake out any damage, and if severe enough a fungicide can be applied to help.
Red Thread is a fungus that can cause spots in the yard as pictured above. These can appear yellow to brown in color, but upon closer inspection, you will see that they are actually red or pinkish in color. Red thread can be treated with an application of fertilizer if it is mild, but may require a fungicide treatment if it is more severe.
Dollar Spot fungus appears much like red thread from a distance, but is much different when you examine closely. As you can see in the picture, the disease makes an hour-glass shaped lesions on the grass blade. A fungicide is often required to control dollar spot.
Leaf Spot can cause yellow or brown spots in the yard. If you look closely there are black spots on the blades of grass which is the fungus. Leaf spot can be corrected with a lawn fungicide.
Rust is a fungus that appears when the weather is hotter. It is most easily identified in the way in which it turns your shoes orange when the affected areas are walked through. Many times the condition can be corrected with an application of fertilizer, but severe cases may require a fungicide treatment.