The days are finally back down to the 80’s and evenings cool down to the 60’s. You know fall is a few days away, but did you know that you should be preparing your GA lawn for next spring?
If your lawn gets large patch—also known as dead spot—every spring, then you need to prepare now during the early fall months.
In this blog post, you’ll learn what large patch is, why it affects Georgia lawns and how to prevent the disease from returning next spring.
What is Large Patch?
Large patch is a fungal disease that presents on warm season grasses, such as Bermuda and zoysia lawns. It shows up when these grasses are coming out of dormancy or going into dormancy.
While most cases occur in the early spring, you may now notice dead spot on your lawn or your neighbor’s lawn since the days are getting crisper and your warm season lawns are getting ready for winter.
You know if your lawn has dead spot if there are brown rings that spread out. Additionally, you may notice a thin, orange outer ring—which is newly infected grass.
Taking Care of Dead Spot
The goal of minimizing dead spot’s damage and stopping it from spreading throughout your entire lawn involves keeping your lawn grass as dry as possible. Indeed, large patch thrives in cooler temperatures, high humidity and water laying on the grass blades.
If you have a case of dead spot on your lawn now, you should do the following:
- Remove the dew from your lawn every morning. You can use a garden hose or your lawn mower to drag moisture off of it.
- Stop using nitrogen fertilizer—it only feeds the fungus.
- Raise your mower blades higher to only take the first third off the top of your lawn.
- Only irrigate your lawn in the early morning hours.
- Remove excess thatch.
- If you have yard drainage problems, hire a landscaper to fix them. A landscape company can add a French drain, a rain garden, a dry stream or a swale to your property to move water away from your yard and into a drain.
- Have a soil test done. If your lawn is slightly acidic, add lime to make it more basic.
- Use fungicides sparingly to control the spread of the disease.
- Plan on getting preventative treatment for Large patch to protect your lawn next spring.
Avoiding Spring Large Patch
You can prepare your Bermuda or zoysia lawn in the fall to avoid spring large patch. Your Roswell, GA lawn care company applies two treatments to your lawn in the fall to prevent the dead spot from occurring in the spring.
The best time to apply this professional grade dead spot preventative is in September and October.
Keep your lawn protected from dead spot that can destroy your entire lawn if it’s not controlled. At Agropro, our lawn service technicians will come to your property and apply two treatments of this large patch preventative.
If you want to keep dead spot away from your GA lawn, call us today at 678-445-9990 or use our contact form.
The University of Georgia Extension, “Turfgrass Diseases in Georgia: Identification and Control,” Bulletin 1233.
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