So your lawn care professional has recommended fungicide application methods to get your grass healthy again. You may not have even realized it was a fungus that was killing your grass. Who even knew that was possible?
When a fungicide product is applied correctly, it will bring your turf back into good health. In the meantime, there are some things you can do to ensure the treatment’s effectiveness and prevent more fungus problems from developing in the future. Here are the top five tips to improve the effectiveness of your fungicide application methods:
1. Follow your lawn care professional’s instructions about what to do (and not do) to your lawn immediately before and after the fungicide application. Namely, this will affect your watering schedule and restrict activity on the affected areas.
2. It is generally not a good idea for homeowners to DIY their fungicide application. Diagnosing the specific fungus type is not always easy, and not all fungicides are effective against every fungus. Appropriate application timing and methods vary with each fungus and lawn, so it’s always advisable to have a lawn care professional handle this process. And resist the temptation to apply additional product or deviate from the watering schedule after he’s serviced your lawn – you do not know better than your landscaper!
3. Adhere to a good fertilizing schedule. The average lawn should be fed at least twice a year. If your lawn is used a lot for various activities, increase fertilization to three or four times a year. Healthy grass is less likely to get sick, so make sure to give yours adequate nutrients.
4. In the future, only water your lawn early in the morning. Give it a good soak, especially in the hot summer months, but always in the morning. This provides the grass blades ample time to dry out. When you water at night, the grass will probably stay wet all night long. Dry grass is less likely to get sick, so only water yours in the morning.
5. Make sure you don’t mow your grass too short. Bermuda grass should be cut to 1.5-2 inches, and Zoysia grass should be mowed to 2-3 inches. Another good rule of thumb is to never cut off more than one-third of the blade’s total height at once. Check your lawn mower’s user manual to learn how to adjust the blade height.
If your Atlanta-area lawn seems to be experiencing a fungus problem, Kemko Lawn and Shrub can help. We have assisted satisfied homeowners with their fungicide applications for more than three decades. Our trained and experienced technicians look forward to helping you regain your lush, thick lawn once again. Call us at 770-466-6113 to schedule the best fungicide application methods for your lawn.