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    Common Summer Lawn Diseases

    Gwyn Dubel
    Posted by: Gwyn Dubel on July 13, 2016

    You protect your body from diseases, so why not your lawn? With Common_Lawn_Diseases.jpgmany summer lawn diseases, there are many to watch out for. Weed Pro has you covered with the most common lawn care diseases to watch out for this summer season. Read on to find out to spot them and give your lawn the right treatment.


    Leaf Spot

    What it is: This fungus causes yellow or tan discoloration and thinning of the turf. It most commonly looks like tiny little cigarette burns on the surface of the leaf.

    Areas it targets: Leaf spot disease is a common fungus that attacks your lawn during cloudy, warm, and moist conditions.

    What you can do: The best way to protect your lawn is by having a solid lawn fertilization program and maintaining good, healthy lawn practices, like proper watering and aeration. For more specific ways to battle this disease, read this article.

    Red Thread

    What it is: This disease will cause irregularly shaped patches of tan or red throughout the lawn, specifically in the leaves and stems of the grass plant.

    Areas it targets: This disease targets cool season grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and tall fescues.

    What you can do: There are some preventative care tips that you can do to maintain your lawn and protect it from Red Thread, as well as maintain your turf’s ability to heal itself after an outbreak. To read more, click here.

    Dollar Spot

    What it is: This disease causes small, yellow spots on individual grass blades and eventually causes the whole grass blade to turn white.

    Areas it targets: This fungus usually infects bluegrass lawns in the Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio areas. It is most likely to show up anytime between late spring and late fall, growing after a stretch of cool, moist weather. Dollar spot flourishes in 60-85 degree Fahrenheit daytime temperatures.

    What you can do: Like any lawn disease it is best to use preventive measures, but this disease can be controlled with fungicides. For more information on this lawn disease, refer to this article.

    Necrotic Ring Spot

    What it is: Necrotic Ring Spot is a fungus that appears in your lawn as ring shaped areas of dead, or dying, grass.

    Areas it targets: Necrotic Ring Spot really begins to thrive and appear when temperatures surpass 80 degrees and soil conditions are dry.

    What you can do: You can treat this lawn disease through hiring a professional. However, you can also help prevent this lawn disease by using a fungicide and aerating your soil. For more information, check out this resource.

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