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The Top 3 Ways to Prevent Summer Lawn Disease

lawn diseaseSo often during the season, Cleveland and Columbus experience a great deal of wacky weather that can stress out most humans, let alone your lawn. Even with the best lawn care program, sometimes lawns contract disease that can weaken and discolor it. So what's a lawn-lover to do? Don't worry, here's the 3 top things you can do to prevent lawn disease this summer.

  1. Water Early in the Morning - believe it or not, what time you water your lawn has a lot to do with the overall health of your lawn and can keep disease from attacking it. Moisture and warm weather are perfect conditions for bacteria and fungi to thrive in. Watering your lawn during the day replicates those conditions, opening your lawn up for disease. What can you expect if you water during the day? As the famous Mr. T once said; "My prediction? Pain."
     
  2. Keep The Lawn Mower HIGH & The Blades SHARP - Mowing the lawn has an affect on your lawn? You betcha. Mowing too low and with dull blades puts your lawn in a state of stress, which can lead to lawn disease. Furthermore, ripped grass blades are a perfect spot for bacteria to attack your turf. Keeping your blades sharp, and your mowing deck high ensures that your grass doesn't have to deal with any unwarranted stress and keeps disease at bay.
     
  3. Well Balanced Lawn Care Fertilization Package - Growing up all of our mothers told us to eat our vegetables and take our vitamins. This is because; 1) Mom always knows best, and 2) mom knew that proper nutrition would make us grow up healthy and strong. This is no different for our lawns! Professional lawn care companies can put together a complete lawn care program that delivers essential nutrients to your lawn all season long to ensure it's healthy enough to fight disease! 
     

So What If I Have a Lawn Disease Already?

If you're one of the many people who stumble across this article and ALREADY HAVE a lawn disease, you may be thinking, "what about me?" Don't worry! Most lawn disease is curable, and if caught early, can be corrected. Here's a couple of tips for all of you who may currently have a lawn disease.

  1. Sometimes, Just Let it "Grow Out" - Some lawn disease that are in small areas will correct itself when disease favorable conditions stop. Letting it "grow out," cutting, and bagging the clippings may solve your problem. But be careful, some lawn diseases are aggressive and can spread quickly. If you notice spreading, move on to phase two.
     
  2. Schedule a Fungicide with a Lawn Care Professional - fungicides are specially formulated to kill the lawn disease affecting your lawn, and not the turf itself. If your lawn disease begins to spread, it's best to schedule a fungicide right away.
     
  3. Analyze the Soil & Fertilize - taking a soil sample and having it analyzed may shed some light on why your lawn may have certain disease. If your lawn is treated with a fungicide, and the disease comes back, you may want to have a lawn care professional look at the chemistry in your soil to see if your lawn is lacking certain nutrients.

Need More Info on Lawn Disease? We Gotcha Covered...

Weed Pro has been around the block (or two) regarding different lawn disease in Cleveland and Columbus. We've crammed together 13 years of knowledge, mixed it thoroughly, and created a beautiful casserole of the most common Ohio lawn diseases and how to get rid of them. This guide has everything you need to know to identify and get rid of lawn disease! The best part of this guide is that it's absolutely FREE by clicking on the link below!

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Shaun Kanary   has been a part of the Green Industry for the past 15 years. As the Director of Marketing for Weed Pro Lawn Care, a Cleveland and Columbus Lawn Care Service Provider, Shaun is a regular contributor to the Weed Pro Blog, and other industry magazines and blogs. 

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