Lawn Fungus

How To Combat Lawn Fungus

If lawn fungus has gotten a hold of your yard, you probably find yourself confused on what it is and how to treat it.  Many homeowners do not even realize that the patchy places or brown spots are lawn fungus and insist on feeding it fertilizer and water hoping that they can boost the lawn's appearance.  Being able to properly identify the problem and learning about treatment options will help you restore your lawn to the lush carpet you desire.

Types Of Lawn Fungus

There are several types of lawn fungus that affect lawns of homes across America.

Prevention And Solutions

Identifying what type of lawn fungus is plaguing your yard is the first step.  Every type of fungus needs its own method of treatment to help eliminate it however, there are a few similar actions for most types of fungus that you can follow.  Regardless of what type of fungus your lawn has, it thrives after heavy dew, rain or spring snow so it is essential that you keep your lawn mowed.  Keeping the grass cut short allows air to penetrate it and dry out the fungus.  Other lawn treatments will include applying fungicides to the area with the fungus and be sure to rake up dead grass.  Every type of fungus will have specific fungicides available for treatment.

Effects Of Fungicide

The standard treatment of lawn fungus is to apply a fungicide such as a penetrant systemic or contact type.

You can find various types of fungicides at nurseries, greenhouses, garden specialty stores and home improvement stores.  A skilled salesperson will be able to assist you in choosing the right type of fungicide for your lawn.

Helpful Advice

There are a few things that you can do to try to prevent your lawn from being taken over by lawn fungus to start with.  Fungus loves warm wet lawns so take piled up snow away in the spring so that it doesn't melt and soak the soil.  Also, always water your lawn when it is sunny, not when it is cloudy, this way the sun can evaporate extra water.

A penetrant fungicide should be applied to eliminate fungus growth before it has a chance to take over your lawn and then apply a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen during appropriate times of the season since fungi do not like nitrogen.  Be sure to rake the grass clippings up after you mow the lawn to prevent the fungus from spreading.