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    Got Rust? Lawn Care Tips to Help Your Lawn Heal from Rust Disease

    Posted by: Wendy Komancheck on June 7, 2013

    Lawn Care RustYou’re mowing your lawn in the Akron, Cleveland, or Columbus, Ohio region, and instead of your sneakers turning green, you noticed that they turned orange after you were done mowing. We'll examine what this phenomena is and how to fix it!

    What’s the deal with your lawn?

    You could have rust disease. Rust disease is a fungus that gets started because of hot, humid days, a wet spring, too much shade and dew sitting on your grass for 10 hours or more during the day.

    What does rust disease look like?

    • When you look at your yard, as a whole, there is a yellow-green tint to your grass;
    • Upon closer inspection of individual grass blades, there’s a orange-yellowish tint on the blades;
    • A yellow-orange or a reddish-yellow cloud pops up when you walk through your lawn;
    • When you mow, your shoes turn a yellow-orange instead of green after you’re done mowing your yard.

    What can you do about rust disease on your turf?

    Well, you can’t control the level of humidity that crops up during the summer months. But there are a few things that you can do on your own to control rust disease from taking over your lawn. Here are some things you can do:

    • Water your lawn in the morning so the extra water dries up during the day;
    • Give your yard a good soaking once a week. Like other turf diseases, sound irrigation practices help to prevent turf damage from rust disease, as well as a myriad of other grass-related diseases and insect infestations;
    • Cut back your trees and shrubs. Shade and humidity equals rust disease. By managing your tree and shrub growth, you'll reduce the amount of rust disease damage to your lawn;
    • Reset your mower blades to cut less off the top. Taller grass blades fair better with rust disease compared to sharply mowed lawns;
    • Feed your lawn with a low dose of nitrogen. By adding a little nitrogen to your yard, you strengthen your grass blades. A lush and thick lawn helps to cut down on turf disease damage. Big box stores and garden centers sell various brands with low-nitrogen formulas so you’ll put the right amount on your lawn without overfeeding it;
    • Consider hiring a lawn care pro. A lawn care professional knows what rust disease is and how to prevent it. If your lawn is already affected by it, a lawn pro will have the right tools to save you from losing all of your grass.

    If you notice a yellow-green tint when you look over your landscape in the Akron, Cleveland, and Columbus, Ohio areas, call Weed-Pro today at 1-866-724-4555. They will be able to diagnose and treat rust disease before it destroys your yard.

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    About Wendy:
    Wendy Komancheck is an accomplished Freelance Writer for Trade Magazines, Websites, and Local Businesses, specializing in horticultural articles. Check out Wendy's bio and website by Clicking Here. 


    Wendy Komancheck

    Wendy Komancheck is an accomplished Freelance Writer for Green Industry Trade Magazines, Websites, and Local Businesses, specializing in horticultural articles.

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