Turf Disease Control In Austin, TX
When it comes to lawn care, fungus and diseases can be some of the most difficult problems to get rid of. Sooner or later, just about every turfgrass area will develop various disease problems. While some are completely benign, others may completely ruin parts of your lawn. At Dr. Tex Lawn & Pest, we provide effective prevention methods and treatments for lawn diseases. Protect your landscape from the damage caused by these types of diseases.
How & When Do Lawn Diseases Strike?
Fungi - microscopic organisms that are found everywhere and are spread by water, air, animals, etc.—usually cause plant diseases. Certain varieties of turf are more susceptible to certain diseases than others, and they are under different cultural practices. That is why one lawn may have a disease problem while another next-door may be fine. Most diseases we see are warm-weather diseases that are more severe during high rainfall and high humidity. Spring and Fall are the times of year when most turf diseases do their damage. During the summer months, the humidity levels are generally lower, and thus the chance of problems are reduced, unless a homeowner is irrigating excessively. Fall provides another opportunity for fungi to infect turf, especially during rainy periods. At Dr. Tex, we treat for:
• Spring Dead Spot – Spring dead spot is one of the most troublesome diseases of bermuda grass. It is caused by a fungus that infects the turf in the fall. However, symptoms do not appear until the following spring with large circular dead spots, which do not green-up with the rest of the bermuda grass.
• Brown Patch – Brown patch is a problem disease we see from about mid-August through March. This disease typically causes damage to St. Augustine lawns.
• Dollar Spot – Dollar spot is a summer disease of bermuda grass and zoysia grass. Fungicides are usually not justified, as a good application of nitrogen fertilizer should help the turf recover just fine.
• Large Patch – Large patch is a mid-spring and mid-fall disease mainly infecting zoysiagrass, but that can also infect bermuda grass during extreme damp conditions and mild temperatures.
• Winterkill – Winterkill refers to any severe damage or death sustained by the turf during the winter months. On average, we can experience fairly severe winterkill of bermudagrass about every 15-20 years or so, with the last bad year being 2001. So, we are about due for a bad year.
• Take All Patch – Take All Patch is a soil born turf disease that can affect any turf grass. Normally, it is found around Live Oak trees and the affected areas are bare spots or crescent shaped places in the lawn. If not treated, it will slowly spread, killing the turf. It is best treated with peat moss and 2 special fungicides, alternating them throughout the year, totaling 4 treatments annually.
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