Are you questioning what’s happening to your lush green grass? Do you see orange and yellow spots taking over your thick green turf? Are your shoes getting discolored from walking through the grass? Your lawn may have rust disease. Although, all types of grass are susceptible to rust disease, young grass is more prone to having the airborne fungi. Cool and damp weather can make fungi thrive. It will begin to appear in dewy evenings from midsummer on.
Controlling Rust Disease
- Disease prevention applications
- Curative disease prevention
- Proper watering practices – Keeps grass growing through drought periods
- Mowing properly – Mow high and frequent
- Fertilization – Rust will not permanently harm grass if fertilized properly
Prevention is key. If your lawn has an annual history of rust, you need to treat it ahead of time. Treatments should be applied to your grass before the fungi appears. Turf-grass with an active problem needs time. Time to grow. After treatments have been applied, your lawn needs time to grow. As grass grows so does the affected areas.
Good Lawn Practices
There are some things that help your lawn become disease resistant. It is important to water deep and less frequent. Maintain the proper grass height. Choose a grass seed that is resistant to rust and other lawn diseases.