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Types of Lawn Disease

Once in a while lawns in particularly warm and humid areas like Arlington, TX are left vulnerable to lawn diseases. It is more common in public areas like golf courses, parks, and fields because of their extensive use, but it is still best for homeowners to be aware in case an outbreak occurs in the neighborhood. What can start out as a small patch of brown or discoloration can spread and ruin the beauty of your lawn if untreated right away.

The first step in treating a potential lawn disease is identifying its type. Below are the most common problems occurring in Texas.

  • Summer Patch Lawn Disease – It starts at the very roots of your grass, spreading like wildfire for weeks until you finally see brownish-yellow circles. Prevent this disease from reaching your home by keeping a regular watering schedule to keep your lawn from dehydration.
  • Take-All Lawn Disease – Even in winter and spring your lawn can be vulnerable to disease. In fact, the Take-all fungus thrives in moist and cold temperature. When summer arrives you’ll then notice your turf has turned yellow and thinner while its roots became darker.
  • Brown Patch Lawn Disease – The fungus from this disease rots stems and renders your grass weak and easily damaged. Its appearance is a bit similar to root rot and Summer Patch so it is best to have professionals assess your lawn’s condition. You can also check out our article on this disease here.
  • Red Thread Lawn Disease – Red or pink webbings or thread-like blades on top of your grass are clear indicators of this disease. Fortunately, it is not threatening and often signifies that you need to fertilize the lawn and lessen watering. No fungicide is required, only improvement of maintenance.
  • Dollar Spot Lawn Disease – Small, silver circles with the size of a dollar appearing on your lawn can appear non-threatening at first, but through time they can spread and rot your entire grass. If left untreated, this you might have to reseed your lawn. Prevent this disease from taking over through regular watering, fertilizing, and mowing.

If you suspect that any of these lawn diseases have infected your home, do not hesitate to contact TLC By Ken for a cost-free evaluation. Our lines are open to take your call and our Lawn Care experts would be more than happy to assist you right away.

What are those brown patches in my lawn?

What are those brown patches in my lawn?

brown patch lawn disease

What are those brown patches in your lawn?

If you live in a area where hot temperatures and high humidity is common, like Arlington, Texas… You may find your lawn infected with Brown Patch Lawn Disease.

So, what is Brown Patch Lawn Disease?

Brown Patch lawn disease is a pretty common and widespread problem caused by the Rhizoctonia solani fungus. This disease can infect a wide array of turf-grasses, however, the most vulnerable are: perennial rye-grass, tall fescue, and the bent-grasses. Kentucky blue-grasses have also been known to develop this disease in the mid-to-late summer months, during extended periods of high temperature and humidity.

What are the symptoms?

Do you see spotting on your leaf blades? If the answer is “yes”, this is a pretty good sign that Brown Patch is invading your lawn. The more obvious symptoms are circular areas of brown and dead grass surrounded by a thin, dark ring. Depending on the species and characteristics of your grass, Brown patch Lawn Disease may take on different shapes and sizes.

For example, grasses that are closely mown, like some Zoysias, will usually show circular rings of brown patches with an expanding gray ring growing the outer edge. This is most noticeable when the grass is damp, normally in the early morning hours.

High-cut grasses often exhibit circular brown areas, without the visible accents of a gray exterior.

When it comes to the tall fescue varieties, these tall grasses often do not exhibit the characteristic circular patterns mentioned earlier. Rather, the fungus will tend to appear on scattered across the blades of grass, so that the whole lawn may seem a little “off”. So the lawn may appear to have a sickly, tannish shade rather than the vibrant green you want to see.

Why is this showing up now?

Well, one reason may be because, in Arlington, TX… The weather is usually hot and humid! Brown Patch Disease love this type of weather. While, uncommon in the arid regions like Southern California and the Rocky Mountain States, Brown Patch is a problem for yard-lovers in every other part of the country.

Keep in mind, even though this fungus thrives when it’s hot and sticky, it is possible for your yard to become infected during the cooler months of the year. This is because Brown Patch Disease can take hold and develop well below 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but doesn’t spread and become apparent to the naked eye until the temps and humidity levels rise. Dew, mist, or rain on leaf blades in these conditions can also contribute to the prevalence of Brown Patch.

How can I get my lawn healthy again?

Proper watering in midday to prevent wet grass at night is a good start, but has limited benefit. Mowing your grass frequently and on a regular basis, is by far the best way to promote air movement and drying of the leaf blades. This is probably the most helpful practice in battling Brown Patch.

More tips for treating:

Be sure to use only moderate amounts of nitrogenous fertilizer. So, don’t over do it. Fungicides are also effective if applied before the onset of the disease, but it’s recommended that you should use these chemicals on high-value rye-grass or bent-grass turfs. Also, don’t over- or under-fertilize your turf, as that can encourage Brown Patch.

Be sure to visit the city of Arlington’s website for more details on the rules and polices for Leaf and Lawn management.

Can I get help from a professional?

If you think your lawn is infected or you’re worried it may become so, give TREES HURT TOO a call. Our certified specialists know exactly what your lawn needs and what changes you’ll need to make in order to achieve the lawn of your dreams.