22 Jun Lawn Turf Diseases to Watch Out for this Winter
Winter is well and truly upon us, but that doesn’t mean that we should stop caring for our lawn. The cold weather can actually bring about some nasty and damaging diseases that can negatively impact your instant turf. Here are some diseases to watch out for during these colder months of the year:
Large patch/brown patch
Caused by the fungus Rhizoctonia solani, large patch and brown patch are essentially the same lawn disease that vary in name depending on the grass type. Large patch is for warm-season turf, while brown patch affects cool-season turf.
Either way, the fungus originates from the base of the leaf where the blade is attached to the stem of the plant. There are dark water-soaked tissues at the base of the blade if you pull on it. Rhizoctonia solani spreads as a result of cooler conditions, excessive rainfall and poor irrigation. In order to prevent it, make sure that you don’t allow puddles of water to accumulate on your lawn. If your lawn does have this disease, we recommend that you consult with an expert for advice on the appropriate fungicide application.
Winter can be harsh, and an underprepared lawn can suffer from it. As the lawn’s health declines, it becomes more susceptible to problems such as weeds. If you haven’t kept up with your lawn’s maintenance during the months leading up to winter, for example mowing, watering and fertilising, you may have to face a thriving weed infestation. To overcome the issue, we suggest applying a natural weed killer.
Grey snow molds
Snow mold is caused by cold-weather fungi that attack your lawn when it’s too cold for the grass leaves to grow. Grey snow mold can affect both living and dead grass when left unchecked. Fortunately there are ways in which you can help the grass overcome its moldy condition. A light raking, along with an application of fertiliser will do the trick.
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