How to Cure Your GA Lawn of Spring Dead Spot & Large Patch

By June 15, 2018Disease Control

Did your warm season lawn suffer from winter damage? Do you have large patches of bleach white or a yellow/orange circles with dead grass in the middle?


Then, your warm season lawn suffered winter injury. Your lawn may have spring dead spot or large patch affecting it.


There is hope, though: Your lawn can bounce back from turfgrass diseases, such as spring dead spot and large patch so you can enjoy a green, thick turfgrass again.


The Problem of Fungal Diseases on Lawns


Large patch and spring dead spot (SDS) are fungi.


Large patch attacks warm season grasses, such as Bermuda, centipede and zoysia lawns. Moreover, SDS primarily infects Bermuda grass.


North Georgia’s climate encourages fungal growth on warm season grasses coming out of dormancy in the early spring or going into dormancy in the fall. Plus, cold winters, like the one we experienced during the winter of 2017–2018, opens up turfgrass to disease.


Large patch and SDS are both lawn diseases caused by the Rhizoctonia fungus, although large patch and SDS come from different strains of the disease.


For large patch, you’ll notice that the outer rings are yellow or orange, and for SDS, the patches look like you poured bleach on your grass.


You will also notice your lawn grass is dying. Weeds start appearing in the bleached patches of SDS-infected properties.


Both diseases reappear in the same area on your property every year. If you don’t take care of the disease, it will come back and grow outward to infect more yard grass.


How to Cure Large Patch and SDS


To cure large patch, SDS and other lawn diseases, it’s best to call your local lawn maintenance company.


Lawn service technicians are trained to spot fungal diseases in turfgrass. They also have the right fungicides at the correct concentration level to kill it off. You won’t be able to buy the professional grade fungicide at your local big box stores or garden centers.


Your local lawn care company will visit your property and take an assessment of your lawn. The technician will look at the patches as well as the rest of your property to diagnose and set up a plan to repair your lawn.


Your technician will advise you on the following home management practices that lead to your turf’s healing:


  • How to water your lawn


  • How to mow your lawn


  • How to wait out the disease.


It will take a few weeks for your lawn to recover from fungal diseases. In that time, your lawn care professional may apply more fungicide on an as-needed basis.


Just be prepared for a long recovery. It takes time for your yard grass to heal.


For example, your Bermuda lawn grass will look like it died after treatment. However, it’ll grow back in a month or so.


How Agropro Lawn Care Can Help Your Property Recover from Large Patch and SDS


Since you need a lawn maintenance company to apply professional-strength fungicide, you should consult with only the best. At Agropro Lawn Care Specialists, we’re experts at treating warm season grasses infected with the large patch or SDS.


Our technicians are trained to spot disease and formulate a care plan to return your lawn to perfect health.


If you think your lawn has large patch or SDS, call us today at 678-445-9990 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to getting your lawn back to health.


Agropro Lawn Care ~ Lawn care specialists serving these North Georgia cities: Alpharetta, Atlanta, Buckhead, Canton, Cumming, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Marietta, Milton, Roswell, Sandy Springs and Woodstock.




University of Georgia Extension, “Identification and Control of Rhizoctonia Large Patch in Georgia.”



Ibid, “Identification and Control of Spring Dead Spot in Georgia.”