Don't Let These Lawn Diseases Get You Down

Are you singing the blues thanks to irritating lawn diseases? If you're tired of spending a lot of green on the greening of your property, stop! Here are some techniques from Nutri-Lawn's lawn sprinkler services that will help you manage common lawn diseases and return your damaged yard to a beautiful backyard oasis.

Proper Burlington Lawn Sprinkler Use is Key
There are a few diseases that may arise from improper irrigation, including overwatering, drainage issues or watering at night.

This can contribute to a number of lawn problems.  When you install your Burlington lawn sprinklers, make sure you have adjusted the watering schedule to suit your geographical location and climate. If you're lawn is showing the following signs of distress, it could be from overwatering:

  • Powdery Mildew
    • This looks is a greyish-white flour-like powder on grass blades.  It will eventually cause your turf to turn yellow and die. 
  • Anthracnose
    • This appears in the form of yellowish-brown spots on your lawn. You may also find black growths on plant leaves.
  • Pythium
    • This is a fungal parasite that lives in the soil thatch and dead leaves year round, sucking nutrients from the grass.  Heat speeds up the growth of the parasite, which can results in serious damage to a lawn in as little as 24 hours.  Once an outbreak of Pythium occurs, it can quickly cause fluffy white growths of mycelium to appear. If left untreated, mycelium will kill your turf. Drainage issues may also cause this common lawn problem.

Drainage Issues
While you may have adjusted your lawn sprinkler services to water your lawn for the perfect amount of time, poor drainage can decrease the effectiveness of proper watering. Improper drainage can result in the following:

  • Grey or Pink Snow Mold
    • This mold is left behind once the snow melts. It is a fluffy white, pink, or grey substance. 
  • Fusarium Patch
    • Small reddish-brown patches will appear on your lawn, possibly with mycelium around the outer edges.  This can often lead to the spread of Pink Snow Mold.

Avoid Nighttime Watering
Watering at night causes moisture to sit on the blades of your grass, rather than properly being soaked into the soil or evaporating.  This improper use of your lawn sprinkler services can cause the following diseases to spread:

  • Necrotic Ring Spot
    • This fungal disease causes perfect circles of yellow grass with healthy green grass in the middle.
  • Dollar Spot
    • A lawn that's infected with dollar spots will exhibit tan patches the size of coin.  They may appear slightly sunken.

If you have questions about proper lawn sprinkler services, check out the FAQs section of our website.  For more personalize inquiries. or to readjust your Burlington lawn sprinklers, talk to one of our specialists today.

Increase Your Mower Height
Cutting your grass too short can aggravate a number of common lawn care diseases. These include

  • Anthracnose
  • Dollar Spot
  • Leaf Spot or Melting-out
    • Dark purple or black patches on leaf blades will appear if you have this disease.  The centers will turn tan as the disease progresses.
  • Necrotic Ring Spots
  • Powdery Mildew
  • Rusts
    • Light yellow flecks on leaves.

Think About Balanced Fertilization
Over-fertilization may also be causing more harm than good to your lawn. Here are a few problems that result from improper nutrient supplies:

  • Red Thread
    • Red or pink threads will appear on the grass blade
  • Rusts
  • Smuts
    • This is a fungus that is pale green and stunted with thin yellow stripes that turn black with time.
  • Pythium

Worried that improper irrigation is hurting your lawn? Then contact Nutri-Lawn Burlington today for a complimentary quote. Simply fill out our consultation form and one of our experts will be in touch in shortly.