For many, it seems to be a struggle to have that prefect green lawn. Like any other living thing else in this world; grass and lawns suffer from disease too. There are several types of disease that affect lawns. Identifying which one you may suffer from is half of the battle. The next step is treating your lawn for the disease. Today Matt Myette Landscaping will share the different types of grass or lawn disease, what they may look like, and in what conditions they develop to better help you know how to treat your lawn. In turn, you can have that perfect green and healthy lawn.
Lawn Diseases Such as Brown Patch, Rust, Red Thread & More
Anthracnose – This disease favors warmer conditions; anywhere from 75 to 95 degrees with plenty of moisture and humidity. When Anthracnose occurs on the lawn it will appear as reddish brown spots on the lawn that can range from two inches in diameter to 10 feet.
Brown Patch – The stems or leaves of the grass will die out in large circular patches. The grass will seem dried out and crispy. One type of grass that commonly is affected by brown patch disease is the fescue lawns. Brown patch disease occurs in hot and humid conditions where the moisture combined with the heat can cook the grass.
Copper Spots – Individual blades of grass develop little red spots. As a whole, the lawn will appear to have copper patches. Copper spots are often mistaken for dollar spots due to the similarities. However copper spots will only appear in circular spots no bigger than three inches wide. Copper spots occur in temperatures around 70 to 80 degrees and in high humidity.
Dollar Spots – The tip of the grass may look dried out and brown and will appear in patches or circular patterns that can range from 4 to 12 inches wide. If two spot are close together they can emerge to create a larger patch of diseased grass. Dollar spots favor temperatures of 60 to 80 degrees and that are overwatered and under-fertilized.
Powder Mildew – Grass blades with white or gray looking mold is a disease known as powder mildew. Powder mildew needs cooler temperatures, no more than 60 degrees, shade and excess moisture or overwatering to occur.
Red Thread – If your lawn seems to be drying out, look at a blade of grass. If the blade is browning at the tip with small pink like streaks running through it, it has a disease called red thread. This occurs when the lawn is under-fertilized, with misty, humid weather.
Rust – Less of a disease and more of nuisance, rust is when the grass is a dusty orange color. This is due to under-watering or drought conditions.
Stripe Smut – When the lawn or each blade of grass begins to turn a pale green color and doesn’t seem to grow is due to a disease called stripe smut. Often when this disease occurs the grass will begin to curl and die. Stripe smut occurs in cool temperatures around 50 to 60 degrees and when there is too much moisture due to overwatering.
Frog Disease or Summer Patch – When the grass forms a light green patch that later turns reddish brown is due to this disease. Sometimes the patch will look like a ring instead of a full circle. This disease occurs during drought or dry periods where the grass becomes stressed. High humidity and heat can also be a trigger of this disease as well.
Lawn Maintenance & More in Greater Morrisville, Stowe & Lamoille County, Vermont
Knowing your lawn problem is half of the battle. However, Matt Myette Landscaping can help with the other part. We can care for your lawn, combat its illness and bring your lawn back to life. Everyone should have that prefect green lawn and Matt Myette Landscaping can help you get it. Contact us today.