This Summer's Weather Promoted Lawn Disease

Conditions This Bad Not Seen In A Decade!

What a summer!  Drought-like conditions in July followed by rain, rain and more rain in August. Unfortunately, those are perfect conditions for infectious lawn diseases. Honestly, we haven't seen this type of disease-favorable weather in 10 years! Think of it as the "perfect storm" for lawn disease. Diseases like brown patch, dollar spot, Pythium blight, leaf spot diseases and the appearance of symptoms of summer patch and necrotic ring spot. While temperature and moisture can bring on these diseases, there are other factors that take over once the disease becomes established.

Also, some grasses are more affected than others by lawn disease...but all lawns are affected...

Kentucky Bluegrass

* Less prone to brown patch, dollar spot, gray leaf spot and Pythium blight
* Very susceptible to root diseases such as necrotic ring spot and summer patch
* Can tolerate some infection
* During periods like is past summer, infection-impaired plants cannot survive and dead patches or rings appear

Turf Type Tall Fescue

* Susceptible to gray leaf spot and brown patch
* Not susceptible to root diseases

Perennial Ryegrass

* Very susceptible to many lawn diseases
* Truly a bad year for perennial ryegrass
* Not susceptible to root diseases

Watering & Lawn Disease

Keep in mind that if you water at the wrong time of day, you could be making a bad situation even worse. The worst time to water is between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. Watering at that time only encourages lawn disease. It could mean the difference between a mild symptoms and a severe outbreak. To help prevent lawn disease think deep infrequent daytime watering...not light frequent watering.

Our Recommendation

The best thing you can do for your lawn now is not to apply fungicides every two weeks, but rather to build up a healthy population of microbes in your soil that will fight the bad guys.  Over time, our applications help to do just that.

 

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December 10, 2018 by Good Nature

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How To Stop Animals From Digging Up The Lawn

September 10, 2018 by Alec McClennan

There are a variety of critters who sometimes frequent our lawns and can cause issues while theyre looking for food. Moles tunnel under the ground and can create a mess, especially in the Spring. Skunks and Racoons are more of an issue in the Fall as they work to fatten up for winter. Why are Animals Digging In My Lawn? Animals will dig because theyre hungry. Moles, Skunks, and Racoons all eat a variety of worms, insects, and grubs. Just because you have Animals Digging, it does not mean that you have a grub problem. Animals will dig in search of food and return to places where theyve found food in the past. How Many Grubs is too Many? A healthy lawn can tolerate up to 5 grubs per square foot. An average size lawn is 5000 square feet, so that is 25,000 grubs! Its not possible to kill all the grubs, even if you resort to using a chemical that sits on the lawn for months. Using a natural grub suppression treatment like beneficial nematodes is a good idea to minimize one of the food sources

Urban Pesticide Use and Water Quality

July 03, 2018 by Danielle Kohan

Conventional lawn maintenance includes regular use of synthetic lawn chemicals, such as fertilizers and pesticides, which are typically applied repeatedly throughout the season. After every application a portion of the chemical is taken up by the soil and plants, but the remainder may be washed away during rainstorms where it can make its way into streams and lakes. This type of pollution is known as runoff. There is already clear evidence that links runoff from roads and farms to pollution in rivers and lakes, but, more recently, research indicates that the contribution from urban lawns is also significant. These chemicals dont discriminate they act as fertilizers and pesticides wherever they go. Nutrient pollution from fertilizer is essentially a too much of a good thing type of problem. In lawns and on farms they are intended to help grow desired plants, but when this fertilizer reaches a lake it spurs the growth of aquatic plants and algae and may have negative effects. For example,

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