The New Year does not automatically mean a clean slate for your lawn. If your lawn has been neglected in the past or the springtime is particularly hot and humid, then your lawn could suffer from one of the several springtime lawn diseases.
Most diseases are noticeable to homeowners, with your lawn lacking that lush factor or discoloration. It’s important to treat your lawn immediately to prevent any further infection in other areas. Here is a list of common lawn diseases you could see this spring:
- Dollar Spot: Small sunken, circular patches of either brown or straw-colored grass. This disease usually occurs when there is a lack of nitrogen in the soil. Types of turf that can be impacted by this disease are zoysiagrass and bermudagrass hybrids.
- Brown Patch: Ranging from 5 inches up to 25 feet in diameter, brown patches are rings or circular patches of discolored turf. The types of turf most likely to be affected by this are zoysiagrass, Augustine grass, and bermudagrass.
What could be causing these issues with your lawn? Let’s talk about the several reasons why you might be seeing these problems.
- Nutrient Deficiencies: Nitrogen and iron are the most common deficiencies that cause yellow spots on your lawn. Nitrogen deficiencies can cause your lawn to have stunted growth. A sign that you have a nitrogen-deficient lawn is if you’re noticing large collections of clover.
- Excessive Moisture: Too little or too much water can wreak havoc on your lawn. If you excessively water your lawn, then it can lead to fungal growth, which is what typically causes the above lawn diseases. Keep an eye on the weather and if rain is coming and make sure your sprinkler system is turned off to prevent overwatering.
- Clean Up After Mowing: Be sure to clean up any lawn clippings after you mow to ensure your turf can breathe and to prevent the spread of any lawn disease to other parts of your yard.