After all the heat we’ve been having, it’s no surprise that your lawn might not be at its best. Heat, droughts, insects, and disease; can all impact your lawn’s overall health and cause stress on your grass. You may think your beautiful, green lawn is free from trouble since there are no insects or weeds, but lawn disease can change that.
When lawn disease strikes, many people don’t even recognize its effect on their lawn. After all, it could just be the stress of the summer, right? In some cases, that is true, and in others, you may have fungi destroying your lawn, making it very hard to recover from. The good news is we have some telltale signs that you’re experiencing lawn disease. Here’s what to look out for.
The Biggest Red Flags
First, you want to look for any signs of fungal structures, which most commonly look like spider webs on your lawn during the early morning hours. You may also notice matted areas that are brown, even black, and any other discoloration in patterns such as spots, circles, or rings. Spots and lesions can also be signs.
Gray Leaf Spots
If you have perennial ryegrass, you may see this disease present itself as grey lesions or spots that begin to collapse rapidly, leaving damage in its wake. It often appears as a result of extended periods of heat and drought.
Pythium blight is common to any turfgrass species. You’ll notice dark grey, almost greasy spots that start to collapse and die. Humidity and hot conditions can cause pythium blight, which is why you may notice signs of it directly after a severe thunderstorm.
This is a disease that’s common in perennial ryegrass and tall fescue. You may notice it appears as circular patches of brown, blighted grass that almost look like smoke rings. This is another one that favors hot and humid weather, particularly when there’s a lot of dew formation.
Common to Kentucky bluegrass, you’ll notice this first as thinning brown areas. Eventually, they begin to turn straw-colored and will form round patches. Like many of these other lawn diseases, it favors hot, sunny conditions.
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