Lawn Disease Treatment Services: a Problem-Solving Enhancement to Your SavATree Lawn Care Program
Dead or dying spots on your lawn could indicate the presence of disease, and all turfgrass diseases are caused by fungus. High humidity, moisture, stress, soil conditions, and certain types of grass can combine to create favorable conditions for fungal disease to become active.
Fungal lawn diseases
Fungal lawn diseases fall into two main categories:
- Leaf Diseases. Some fungal pathogens are localized in the blades of grass, with the more common leaf diseases being leaf spot, red thread, dollar spot, snow mold, and powdery mildew. These diseases may resolve themselves without significant damage to the turf. However, when conditions are favorable for disease development, serious damage can occur.
- Patch Diseases. The term “patch disease” refers to any of a number of fungal diseases that infect the roots of turfgrass. Two of the most common patch diseases are summer patch and brown patch. Patch diseases can be difficult to diagnose and manage because the symptoms are often not visible until the roots have already been damaged – with symptoms normally appearing in June or July as a result of summer heat and reduced rain. Turf infested with a patch disease has the characteristic symptoms of crescent-shaped or circular patches of dead grass surrounding clumps of green grass (the resulting appearance called “frogeye”). Patch diseases are among the most destructive of all lawn diseases. Your lawn can appear perfectly healthy one day and then virtually overnight (with ideal weather conditions) large “patches” of your lawn are completely, and many times, destroyed. For that reason, if you live in an area prone to extreme weather conditions – or if you have had patch disease in the prior season – SavATree recommends preventive treatments in order to combat the disease before it emerges.
Accurate Diagnosis: The First Step in Successful Treatment
To prevent lasting turf damage, call in your arborist when you first spot signs of disease. They can perform a laboratory analysis, and visually inspect the blades and roots of the affected turf, to determine the specific cause of your lawn’s distress.