How to Identify and Treat Different Types of Lawn Diseases

lawn disease - a dead brown spot in a grass patch

 Homeowners know the challenge of keeping a lawn healthy, green, and clean. It gets stressful to see rusted spots and brown patches. Lawn diseases are caused by various factors, such as geographic location and the amount of water you give your lawn. 

Identifying the type of fungus is the key to making your lawn a healthy space. Worry not if you need help taking care of your yard. We are here to give you all the information you need to identify the type of disease your lawn has.

Types of lawn fungus

 There are various types of lawn fungi, so keeping an eye on them and identifying them at the right time is mandatory, as these fungi can have mild to serious consequences. The serious ones can completely kill the entire lawn in a few days.

Brown Patches

If you see large brown patches on your lawn, then it’s evident that you have brown patch disease. This disease typically occurs due to a fungus called Rhizoctonia solani. This fungus is usually born in humid and warm areas in the spring and fall seasons. Brown patches can easily be spotted with circles of brown grass around the green glass. To treat this fungus, properly water and aerate your lawn.

 Fairy Rings

 The fairy ring usually happens with a fungus called Marasmius oreades. This fungus is generally born in bad drainage or shady areas in late spring or early summer. To treat this fungus, you need to clear the area of the fairy ring and replace it with sod. Applying a fungicide would also help cure the disease faster.

 Pythium Blight

If you suddenly see that brown and small patches are appearing in your lawn, causing the grass to die, know that it’s Pythium Blight. The disease is caused by a fungus called Pythium and happens in areas with poor drainage. To treat this fungus, use fungicide on your lawn. Also, don’t try to do it by yourself; call some professionals to finish the task properly.

 Snow Mould

 If you have patches of grass that appear matted down, your lawn has been infected by snow mold. The disease is caused by a fungus called Typula and happens in cold and wet areas. It usually takes place in early spring or late winter. To treat this fungus, you need soggy leaves, mow the area and dry it. If this method doesn’t work, then apply fungicide.

Contact Dave’s Landscape for Lawn Maintenance

Yes, it’s sometimes challenging to keep your lawn in healthy shape. If you need help identifying or treating different lawn diseases or maintaining your yard to keep it looking beautiful, Dave’s Landscape has you covered. Our team of experts provides lawn maintenance, spring and fall cleanups, and more lawn services in Hudson, MA, and surrounding areas. Contact our team today.