LAWN DISEASE AND LAWN FUNGUS IDENTIFICATION
Ninety nine percent of lawn diseases can be prevented and cured with proper lawn care cultural practices. The lawns that have a healthy population of beneficial microbial activity in the soil will naturally be able to fight of lawn disease infestations and pathogens. The key to treating and preventing lawn fungus problems is as simple as creating an environment to have a healthy and living soil. When the soil is healthy this means the lawn's ecosystem is in balance and the lawn will look great!
That being said all species of plants are subject to disease infestations, and fungi cause the majority of lawn diseases. Turfgrasses are susceptible to disease infestations because turf is a monoculture comprised of a large number of similar species having a uniform genetic makeup. During stressful conditions like heat, drought and poor cultural practices a pathogen (disease or fungus) invades a small area of the turfgrass becoming destructive and can spread quickly.
The most effective defense to pathogen infestations is to maintain proper lawn care cultural practices, such as proper lawn mowing techniques, the use of organic lawn fertilizers, proper lawn watering (deep and infrequent watering), core aeration, the use of chemical pesticides only when necessary, and the selection of strong turfgrass cultivars that are suitable to the local climactic conditions.
The two most common lawn fungus problems that we see in the Boulder and Fort Collins areas are Necrotic Ring Spot and Ascochyta Leaf Blight, but other potential lawn diseases include: Anthracnose, Dollar Spot fungus, Powdery Mildew, Pink and Grey Snow mold, Fusarium Leaf Spot, Melting Out, Sod Webworm, Clover/Spider Mites and others.
The first step in the treatment of a lawn disease is to properly identify what is causing the lawn problem. Most of the time when we go look at a lawn problem for a customer in Boulder or Fort Collins the lawn is actually stressed due to improper lawn watering. More than 95% or more of the time that we evaluate a lawn with brown spots, the adjustment we make for to fix the problem is we adjust the lawn watering practices.
At Organo-Lawn we have state licensed professionals with years of experience in lawn disease identification. Always call Organo-Lawn your Boulder and Fort Collins area lawn care expert, prior to applying potentially dangerous and unnecessary lawn fungicides to an area that could only be a sprinkler system problem.
If the lawn is suffering from a lawn fungus or disease, we will draw up a plan to eliminate with the lawn problem. Our permanent fix will often involve making simple but important changes: such as adjusting mowing height and adjusting watering schedules. Many customers in the Boulder and Fort Collins area believe that we are going to increase their water when we perform a sprinkler audit; however, we often reduce the amount of water that is being applied to the lawn.
Some lawn fungus problems require a more aggressive approach, but rarely do we have to use a conventional fungicide, because many or our organic products are proven treatments for common lawn diseases like Necrotic Ring Spot, Dollar Spot, and Localized Dry Spot.
Call our offices today to schedule one of our professional lawn care technicians to come out to perform a disease diagnosis on your lawn. We do charge for this service, but we waive all or some of the fee if you end up using our recommendations to correct the lawn care problem. Remember the first step in repairing a lawn problem is properly diagnosing what is causing the lawn problem.
Organo-Lawn of Boulder and Fort Collins is your local lawn care expert and can explain in Layman's terms what is causing the lawn to have brown spots.
This lawn has rust damage. The first step in treating a lawn problem is proper identification of the problem.