There are a lot of problems that face lawns here in Texas. Not all diseases are the same but their effects may appear similar so knowing how to identify the issue is important before you can start remedying it. A lot of problems will go away on their own, others will require some maintenance, while others will require professional help.
Take-All Patch is a disease affecting Bermuda grass and St. Augustine grass. It makes its appearance known in the fall, winter, or spring when the weather is moist and warm. This disease should be taken very seriously as it can damage large areas of your yard and isn’t easy to cure. Symptoms of Take-All Patch include leaf yellowing in patches as large as 20 feet across. As the disease lingers it causes the grass to slowly die but will remain in the dirt which can make replanting a real challenge.
A well-drained yard will prevent the disease from growing as it requires a lot of moisture. Fertilizers might actually make the problem worse because nitrogen can make the virus stronger.
Necrotic ring spot is identified by circular brown
or yellow patches over a foot in diameter. They usually appear in the spring and fade as the temperatures rise. The symptoms return when high heat and drought stresses the grass. It can take a long time, even years, for grass to re-establish itself in the area without help.
Use proper fertilization methods to combat necrotic ring spot. Fertilizers with phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen are the most effective.
Rust is a disease that affects bluegrass, ryegrass, and zoysiagrass and appears in warm and humid conditions, especially in grasses stressed by drought, low nitrogen fertility, and shade. You’ll notice small orange or red spots that grow into blister-like growths on the leaves. These growths contain spores which are released, spreading the disease to other areas of your lawn.
To fight rust, maintain high levels of nitrogen, avoid overwatering, and mow at the recommended height.
St. Augustine decline affects St. Augustine grass and may first appear as chlorotic mottling on the blades. As the disease progresses, the grass will begin to yellow and thin out. The virus can live on for years, severely weakening your grass’ defense and making it vulnerable to other invasive grasses, weeds, and pests. The virus can be transmitted by infected mowing equipment and other tools so be sure to wash your tools after use.
St. Augustine decline cannot be cured but it can be treated by overseeding with virus resistant grasses.
Figuring out what is causing your grass to die can be difficult. Fixing the problem can be even more of a challenge. The pros at Gro Lawn are here to help. We have extensive experience in dealing with and treating a multitude of diseases found here in Texas.
If you notice any of the symptoms listed above then call Gro Lawn now! The longer you wait the worse the problem can get.
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