HOW TO PREVENT LAWN DISEASES
When you actively prevent lawn diseases, you can ensure healthy growth for quite some time. When disease hits your lawn, it’s difficult to control unless you know enough to identify the various diseases and understand their causes. Oftentimes, lawn diseases come from fungal problems. Fortunately, regular lawn maintenance goes a long way in preventing lawn diseases.
IDENTIFY AND PREVENT LAWN DISEASES
For fungal lawn diseases to take hold, there are typically three causes: weather conditions that allow diseases to develop, susceptible sod, and disease pathogens. When you choose the right sod for your area, you take a strong step to prevent lawn diseases.
However, we recognize that no one has control over the weather. If you don’t know how to recognize fungal threats, it can be hard to take proper care of your lawn.
Typically, fungal grass diseases occur in times of stress, which vary depending on the region. For instance, Texas grasses feel stress in cooler temperatures. Likewise, cool-season grasses are vulnerable to abnormally warm conditions.
Additionally, excessive drought, rain, and overcast skies cause stress to lawns, limiting their ability to fight off disease.
TREATING TO PREVENT LAWN DISEASES
When you identify a lawn disease, good maintenance and lawn care help to correct and prevent it. Prompt alterations to your care when you first notice signs can help you keep your lawn at an advantage. Oftentimes, these practices help to ensure your lawn stays healthy.
Proper pH Levels- Typically, lawn grasses prefer soil around 6-7 pH. At these levels, essential nutrients remain readily available. Regularly test your soil and find fertilizers to keep your grass healthy.
Proper Fertilization- When you don’t provide enough fertilizer, it leaves your grass undernourished. Similarly, overfertilizing tends to cause weak growth. Prevent lawn diseases by properly fertilizing your yard. Utilize products and compost that release the necessary nutrients at the right levels. Moreover, be careful to follow label instructions.
Water with Care- Water your yard early in the morning to prevent evaporation. Moreover, the rising sun speeds up the drying process, reducing how long your grass stays wet. Water deeply instead of frequently to help your lawn stay strong by developing more drought-tolerant roots.
If you use an irrigation system, be sure to adjust it for times of excessive drought or rain.