Lawns can be affected by a wide range of different diseases, some of which can lead to a very scrappy, unhealthy looking lawn. Some diseases can come directly from poor quality turf farms when you buy roll on turf to lay, but many come from other places.
Keeping your lawn disease free can be very difficult, but there are a lot of things that you can do to reduce the chance of fungal diseases affecting your grass and to reduce their effects if they do. Keep reading to learn how to keep your lawn disease free!
What kind of diseases affect lawns?
Most lawn diseases are caused by various funguses which cause your grass to look terrible, to stop growing, and sometimes, to die. Some of the more common fungal diseases affecting residential lawns include:
- Brown patch
- Dollar spot
- Fairy ring
- Fusarium blight
- Necrotic ring spot
Some of these diseases will turn your lawn yellow or brown, and others can be identified by the presence of mushrooms or small fungal growths.
How to I reduce the risk of fungal diseases in my lawn?
There are a number of things you can do to keep funguses out of your lawn, including:
Be careful what turf farm you buy from – buying from a poor quality turf farm can mean that your lawn has a fungal problem before you even lay it. This can spread to other, unaffected lawns in the area, and can cause huge problems with neighbours. Buy from a high-quality turf farm like Carabooda Lawn to make sure that your lawn is disease free when you plant it.
Avoid contamination – Avoid bringing in contaminated dirt from other places, don’t plant things around your lawn which are unhealthy or sick looking, and be careful when it comes to walking on your lawn after you have been in contact with grassed areas in public.
Getting rid of diseases:
Getting rid of fungal diseases can be difficult, especially if you aren’t sure exactly what the disease is. There are a lot of things that you can do to remove them and reduce their effects, including:
- Aerating the soil, which reduces compaction and makes it easier for your lawn to fight off the disease on its own. There are plenty of basic aerating tools out there, and there is no reason to buy an expensive one.
- Spraying with a fungicide. If you can identify the problem, you may be able to use a fungicide to get rid of it. Speak to your local nursery or garden center.
- Keep your grass watered and fertilised. Doing so will reduce environmental stresses on your lawns, making it easier for them to get rid of funguses and diseases on their own.
Lawn disease can be a big problem, but it isn’t one which can’t be solved. Do some research, put a bit of work in, and your lawn will be looking healthy again before you know it!