There's a Fungus Among Us!

Has the recent rains, combined with all the heat making your lawn a little...gross-looking? Does it seem it went from a beautiful green to a yellowish color almost overnight?

Well, she might be growing a colony of not-very-fun-guys. Fungus is a common problem after unseasonably wet-then-warm conditions. The rich bacteria in your soil, that is great for a healthy lawn and root system, can turn on you with a quickness!

We preach soil tests and analyzing your lawn to see if it's indeed the favorite topping to a pizza, or something like bugs or other pests.

So what can you do when you realize the fungus has- indeed- invaded your space?

1. Cut Back on Watering The first thing you should do if you have a fungus in your newly laid sod is cut back on your watering. If it’s been a few weeks since you installed your lawn, you can begin to cut back on the watering for the entire lawn. If you have various zones in your irrigation system, you should cut back watering in the zone where the fungus damage is showing.

2. Spot Treat the Affected Area Immediately spot treat the affected area with a topical/contact fungicide. As its name suggests, a topical fungicide works upon “contact” with the leaf blade. A simple, hose-end spray application can be used to spray the affected and surrounding areas of your lawn. Treat the affected areas every two weeks until the fungus stops spreading.

3. Apply a Systemic Fungicide to the Entire Lawn The next step we recommend is to apply a systematic fungicide to the entire lawn. If you see fungus in sections of your lawn, you need to be aggressive in treating both the specific areas of outbreak as well as your entire lawn to prevent further spread of the fungus. A systemic fungicide works by absorbing into the plant and circulating throughout the plant’s “system” to provide residual protection against fungus. Apply the systemic fungicide to your entire lawn (including the areas also treated with the topical, hose end sprayer). As always, follow packaging directions.

But if you'd rather not deal with the hassle of diagnosing and treatment, we can definitely do that for you! Call or message us today!

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