Lawn Fungus is a problem many homeowners face at one time or another. The best treatment for it is prevention. Before treating an infection in your lawn you should check with a local professional about special treatments in your geographical area.
Types of Fungus
• Snowmold is most common to Kentucky Bluegrass in regions where there is snow falls for extended periods of time.
• Brown Patch is usually found in areas where there is high level of humidity.
• Dollar Spots are more common in humid climates.
• Fairy Rings can grow on most any lawn in almost any climate.
• Rust attacks in shaded, morning dew areas that have soil compaction and low fertility.
• Powdery Mildew is found in shaded areas.
• Grease Spot is another humid region infection.
The continued use of a certain fungicide can allow the lawn to grow resistant to it, therefore switching fungicides will help minimize this affect. There are three types of fungicides available:
- 1- Systemic Fungicides (applied directly to the leaves and then circulates through the root system)
2- Contact Fungicides (remains on the plant’s surface and kills spores)
3- Penetrant Fungicides (this is similar to the systemic type but acts more like a preventive treatment)
Ways to treat/prevent
If you notice a fungus invading your lawn you can get treatments from your local home improvement center. If you describe to them what the infection looks like they will be able to help you choose a treatment.
For future reference a preventive plan will help you out. Try to keep your lawn dry after a large snow. Remove any excess snow that wont melt away to help avoid a fungus growth.
Try to water your lawn on days when it is suppose to be sunny and warm.
Rotate product use so the lawn does not grow resistant to any one product.
Mulching and monitoring the lawns nitrogen level will also help you prevent future fungus growth.