Ever walked into your yard and realized the lawn is starting to fall apart? There are millions of properties where the lawns are simply not up to scratch. This doesn't always mean you are being reckless because there is a multitude of variables that can come into play. In fact, it might be a case of you simply not knowing what is ailing the lawn at that very moment! This is why it is time to learn about lawn fungus and turf disease. This is a real issue that plagues lawns and you should be able to adapt when it comes time to act. Here is more on the subject and what is required to treat it properly.

Lawn Fungus and Turf Disease

What is Lawn Fungus?

Let's begin by assessing what lawn fungus is all about. It's important to note lawn fungus comes in a variety of types and it's important to identify which one is plaguing your lawn. This can vary depending on where you are located (i.e. climate) and also what time of the year it is.

A good example of this would be hot and humid weather bringing along noticeable brown patches or dry conditions bringing in fusarium blight. There are other situations where lawn fungus becomes prominent such as cooler weather creating dollar spot. These are just some of the examples a person may have to deal with while managing their lawn.

Lawn fungus disease is all about identification because a good treatment cannot be produced until this is done. Having a fungal disease is one thing but treating it properly is another. Simply taking out a fungicide and using it is not going to be enough. It may work but in some cases, it is simply not going to lead to positive results.

Lawn fungus can vary based on the grass type, weather conditions, and various other variables. This is why it is always best to speak to local experts before heading out to treat the fungal disease.

Causes of Lawn Fungus and Turf Disease

Along with knowing what lawn fungus and turf disease are, it is also important to think about the main causes. You will naturally realize some are more natural than others. In hotter conditions, you will often see lawns deal with brown spots and that is far more common than other fungal diseases. You want to be aware of the causes, so you are able to deal with the issue head-on.

The causes can include:

  • Inefficient Mowing
  • Droughts
  • Overwatering
  • Compacted Soil
  • Overuse or Improper Use of Fertilizers
  • Weather Conditions
  • Type of Grass in the Yard

These are some of the main causes that come along with fungal diseases and why it is important to learn more about them in advance. You don't want to be left guessing!


So, what do you do about lawn fungus and how do you get rid of it as soon as possible? The first thing a person should be doing is making changes to their lawn care practices. Otherwise, you are going to be in for a long and unrelenting battle! It doesn't matter how the weather is or what conditions you're dealing with if improper mowing is taking place. Be aware of how you are managing the lawn and be prepared to make changes as soon as you have to.

Here's what you need to do:

1) Soil Tests

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The first thing a person has to do is to start running soil tests around the yard. This is a good way to determine whether or not the soil is up to par with the environmental conditions. The soil test can shed light on how the soil is doing and if it is dealing with an underlying disease. It can also shed light on the type of disease that's present. This information goes a long way while learning more about the issue at hand.

You should also look to loosen the soil and begin the aeration process at least once a year. Along with aeration processes, it is never a bad idea to start raking the soil and then adding top-dressing to protect it and overcome the disease.

Some property owners will also look into monitoring their watering and timing things based on what the region requires. You never want to under or over water the lawn.

2) Grass Type

Start looking into the type of grass that is present. This is something that is natural to the cause and something you have to focus on. This includes learning more about the light, soil, and climate. If you want to add to the lawn then it is time to focus on organic options.

The best option a property owner can think about is the elimination of pesticides. These are not good for the lawn and can become home to fungal diseases within weeks. Always choose natural options if that is a route you wish to take.

3) Fertilize

With fertilization, you will want to use something that is deemed to be "slow-release." These fertilizers are ideal because they work well with most lawns and will keep the grass looking great year-round. With watering, you want to make sure the process begins early in the morning so it stays healthy.

4) Mowing

According to the professionals at www.DiscoverZiehler the mowing process might be the most important detail of them all. Most people mow improperly and that is the reason for fungus developing in their yard. The best thing a person can do is start to learn how to use their lawn mower. You want to set the blades sharp at all times. This includes setting them in the right position so they don't dig too deep.

These are the main things you need to know about lawn fungus and turf disease. Yes, it can be a challenging issue to deal with and a lot of people panic but that doesn't mean it's time to quit!

All you have to do is start making appropriate adjustments along the way so you are in safe hands.

(Last Updated On: March 11, 2021)

Annalise O'Conner is a Registered Dietitian and Personalized Nutritionist. She is a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, teaching nutrition in the School of Public Health and APAN (Asian Pacific Islander American Network) Email: annalise@ehomeremedies.com

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