Summer is here! With heavy storms on a weekly basis we are seeing some disease issues on lawns like never before making lawn care tricky this time of year.
Why does this happen?
During extended periods of moisture, heat and humidity, the environment is perfect for Brown Patch to cause damage to a lawn. Brown Patch appears as roughly circular patches that are brown, tan or yellow in color and range from 6” to several feet in diameter. Brown Patch is most prevalent during periods of hot, humid weather. Turfgrass must be continuously wet for 10-12 hours for the Brown Patch fungus to infect the leaves. We are in the middle of Brown Patch season and still need to be treating the lawn accordingly. Since Brown Patch does not affect all lawns, control is not included in our Steward Program.
What can you do to help?
Great question! There are a few different practices to keep your lawn in tiptop shape. By managing water and mowing, receiving regular lawn applications, your lawn will be happy and healthy!
Watering deep and infrequently, three to four days a week for 25-30 minutes is best during periods of high temperatures. 1 to 1.5 inches of watering per week will provide adequate soaking for tall fescue lawns. Make sure you are not over watering because that will cause shallow root systems that are more susceptible to stress. Early morning watering is the best time to water your lawn, this will also limit the development of Brown Patch.
Mow the lawn as high as possible. Cool season lawns like to be mowed at 4 to 4.5 inches during the summer. This will keep the lawn looking its best and reduce stress from being mowed too short. Make sure your mower blade is freshly sharpened. A dull mower blade will cause the lawn to use more nutrients and can turn the tips white as they repair themselves from a dull mowing.
Make sure you can identify Brown Patch. If you confuse it for drought stress and over water the area, it will only accelerate the issue. The picture below on the right shows a grass blade with a lesion on it. Look for this and you will know it is brown patch. Drought stress puts off a hazy brown over the stressed area and the grass will be crunchy when you walk on it. If you are noticing Brown Patch in your lawn, please let us know. The picture on the left shows damage done to a lawn as the brown patch spreads.
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