Even though summer is coming to an end, lawn maintenance treatment in the Atlanta area is certainly not over. After spending the summer carefully watering, fertilizing, trimming, and treating for weeds, now is not the time to let up on your commitment to a fantastic yard. One lawn care product you may not have used in the past is fungicide. Feeling curious about what it does and whether you should use it? Keep reading to discover whether fungicide application should be a part of your lawn maintenance treatment.
Can I Prevent the Need for Lawn Fungicide Treatment?
The first thing to know about fungicide is that there are plenty of things you can do that will prevent the need for a fungicide treatment in the first place. We are all about trying prevention first, so here’s what to do if you want to avoid having to use fungicide on your lawn:
- Only water your grass in the morning. This allows the grass blades all day to dry out. Grass that stays wet for too long is more susceptible to a fungal problem. This is the same reason why it’s important to never over-water your lawn.
- Stick to a smart fertilization schedule. Thick, healthy grass is better at fighting off pests and disease, including fungus.
- Never cut more than 1/3 of the total length of the grass. When you take off too much of the blade, you weaken the grass and open it up to diseases and pests, including fungus.
What Does Fungus Look Like when It Invades a Lawn?
The next thing to know is how to identify a fungus problem on your lawn. Here are a few things to look for to identify a fungal infestation:
- Some kinds of fungus will make the grass blades look like they are covered in a fine layer of chalk dust.
- Another kind of fungus will cause brown and purple spots to appear along the length of grass blades.
- A third type of fungus turns the grass blades black and split open.
- Other fungi can cause dead circles or rings of grass. They are usually yellow, brown, or pink in color. Remember that pet urine can sometimes cause similar symptoms; if you see dead circles of grass in your lawn, watch to see where your dog pees for a few days and you’ll know if he or she is the culprit.
If you notice any of these telltale signs of a fungus problem on your lawn, it’s time to schedule a fungus lawn maintenance treatment. It’s always best to have a lawn care professional inspect the property, recommend a course of treatment, and apply the product. It’s simply too easy to apply these treatments incorrectly, which can cause extensive damage to your grass.
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