Do your shoes look rusty after walking through your lawn? Does your lawn mower have a rust colored film on it after mowing? If so, you may have Lawn rust. Lawn rust is starting to pop up around Northeast Ohio. It is a lawn disease that can affect all types of turf-grass in the United States. Rust usually appears in late summer and fall on slow growing grass. It can be severe on drought stressed lawns and compacted soils. Infected lawns have a yellow-orange hue which is more visible during dryer weather. The fungal lawn disease can be a recurring problem with newer lawns being more susceptible. There are three things to do to try and avoid it.
Control. Rust will not permanently hurt turf-grass that is properly taken care of. This includes proper watering, fertilizing, and applications of disease prevention. It is important to keep grass growing through periods of dry weather.
Treatment. Lawns with an annual history or severe cases may need disease prevention. Treatment should happen before the lawn disease appears. Brookside Lawn Service can help with lawn treatment options.
Cultural Practices. When reseeding, choose a seed blend that is resistant to lawn rust and other common turf-grass diseases. Mow high and frequent instead of low and periodic. Watering deep and less frequent helps keep lawn disease away as well.