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|Lawn disease and pest problems may be as easy to conquer
before the grass ever goes into or onto the soil. Sounds crazy but with all the
information available today in the world of grassing the first dollar may well be spent on
a grassing book that describes each species of lawn grass and the problems inherent to
each with pictures if you please.
Going to your local library for
just the basic facts. And if you have one near you the local county agent will be the most
helpful in giving you the correct information on what does the best in your given area.
Reading about the pluses and minuses of all
grass varieties and what it takes to have a truly beautiful or just ordinary yard coverage
is all up to you and your pocketbook and time that will be allotted.
Fungicides | Diseases
HELPFUL For Identification!
Managing Northern Turfgrass Diseases:
Excellent Penn State University Extension web article on cool season
diseases with lots of pictures for easy identification of your
Disease Control in Turf - Southern Lawns
Florida Extension site on various common turf diseases found in the
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/PG067 - Includes recommendations on
Diseases - Locations
Whether you live in warm season, cool season or tropical
climates narrows the field from the beginning. Each grass
species has certain diseases and pests that under the "wrong" conditions; can
exterminate a lawn through a slow death or a rapid loss. Within each species there are
varieties that have been "helped" along and bred to be more resistant to certain
diseases and or pests. Grasses from Mother Nature were not meant to be mown but in
choosing these species for lawns this is exactly how we use them. With the introduction to
mowing creeping grasses produce thatch and thatch build up and this condition invites
disease and some pests to move in. Bunching grasses dont generally have this
problem. But already you have a choice to make. Bunch or creeping?
Climates have a lot to do with the same problems as well
as the soil conditions (whether sandy or clay or loamy). In the deep south nematode
infestations occur in dry, hot, sandy soils while the north has to contend with snow mold.
So you have chosen the grass and sown, sodded, or sprigged and it is really coming along.
Diseases - Lawn Watcher
It is now time to delegate the LAWN WATCHER. Whether this
is you or you have a service to mow the grass it should be a weekly observation of the
condition of the lawn. And some nightly excursions as well for some insects do their
greatest damage at night. Coloration differences, patchy growth, brown spots or other
differences that appear in an otherwise healthy, maintained lawn mean something is amiss.
Now is the time to get out that trusty book again and try to identify whether the damage
is pest or disease related? Pests can generally be seen in some form and either in the
grass or under it. Billbugs and grubs are two that will be found under the sod itself and
you will have to cut a section of the sod and pull it back and check the soil. Five or
more of anything is destructive and its time to treat with a killer of some sort. An
easy way of collecting above ground bugs is to flood a small area with a soapy solution
for about ten minutes and the bugs will generally float to the surface.
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