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Prevent lawn fungus - Bluegrass Lawn Service

Common Types of Lawn Fungus

Are brown patches starting to pop up in your yard? You could be dealing with one of many types of lawn fungus that naturally occur in your lawn. Your lawn naturally contains millions of fungi spores, many of which never cause problems. However, things like long rainy seasons, over watering, too many cloud days, droughts, and subpar lawn care can cause the fungi can spread out of control.

What Does Lawn Fungus Look Like?

Lawn fungus, which can sometimes be misidentified as weeds, appears in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Summer Patch

Summer Patch

Symptoms of summer patch include rings and circular patches of dead or dying turf grass. Most likely there is a center or surrounding area of healthy grass in or around what we call a doughnut style patch. Therefore, allowing those dead spots to become full of many forms of weeds. You may see this during mid-summer, after heavy rainfall or consistent rain.

Red Thread

The symptoms and signs of red thread are distinctive, most common among morning dew, water from rain or irrigation issues. A coral pink or reddish layer of fungal growth knows as mycelium can be seen on leaves and sheaths. Development of this type of disease is prompted by cool, wet weather (65-70 degrees). The most obvious times you may see this is in the spring or early autumn. As most fungus Red Thread can be seen during long wet weather and damp lawns.

Dollar Spot Lawn Fungus

Dollar Spot

Long periods of high humidity or frequent rainfall may cause the most severe outbreaks. Watering your lawn at the wrong time may extend or increase the incidence of disease. Therefore, the most common outbreaks occur when temperatures are moderately warm and change rapidly. Such as warm days turn into cold nights. Infected areas 4 inches or larger may run together, allowing for much larger patches. Although, patches growing to 12 feet wide are not uncommon.

Lawn Care Tips for Preventing Lawn Fungus

Don't Cut Your Grass Too Short

Not only does it help to prevent weeds from growing, but cutting no more than one third of the length of your grass off keeps it strong and healthy. Cutting your grass too short weakens the grass, which increases the risk of a fungal disease.

Hire a Reputable Lawn Care Company

Keeping your yard healthy requires regular lawn maintenance. It’s essential your lawn care company is well aware of the types of fungal diseases that are common in your area. For over 35 years, we have kept our community's’ yards beautiful and healthy in Bucks County and the surrounding areas. Over that time, we have learned what to anticipate throughout the year and our lawn care plans reflect that!

Apply Only as Much Fertilizer as you Need

Giving your grass the nutrients it needs is key to promoting a strong root system. However, applying too much or too little fertilizer stresses the grass. A strong, healthy lawn is the best defense against fungal diseases.

Get Rid of Dead Grass

Dead grass can build up in the soil over time, which chokes out healthy grass blades and increases the risk of developing a fungal disease. Using a dethatching rake, you can remove the dead grass. However, it is time consuming process. If your yard is big, you might want to rent a power detatching rake or purchase a dethatching attachment available for some types of riding mowers.

Sharpen the Blades of Your Lawn Mower

Your lawn mower blades should be sharpened in the Spring before the mowing season starts. Dull lawn mower blades tear off the tips of your grass instead of actually cutting them. The resulting frayed grass blades are more likely to develop fungal diseases compared to clean cut, sharp blades of grass.

Quit Worrying About Lawn Fungus!

Our lawn care plans have kept our customers’ yard healthy and beautiful for over 35 years! Our experts will treat your yard to ensure it stays beautiful and disease free year-round! Explore our lawn care programs or call us today today and see why the grass is always greener at Bluegrass Lawn Service!

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10 Jun 2019
Lawn Care

Lawn Service Near Me Benefits

There are many benefits for using a lawn service company near you. Especially if the company has been in business for a long period of time and is family owned and operated. With many benefits, such as knowledge of soil, grass and the local experience over the years. We are perfect for all customers looking to protect their lawn, trees, and shrubs. Below are some key benefits and services we offer to our Blue Grass Lawn Service family of customers.

Knowing Your Trees and Shrubs

Knowing the area and the climate we created a 9 step tree and shrub care program provides nutrients, controls damage due to insects and prevents damage due to hot, dry weather conditions. The need for expert tree and shrub care often goes overlooked, but a flourishing landscape will greatly enhance the overall health and appearance of your property while increasing its value. Blue Grass Lawn Service & Landscaping offers a range of tree and shrub care services designed to give your landscape the nutrients, protection, and conditions it needs to thrive.

Lawn Care Needs

Based on the needs of your lawn we offer a variety of optional services to extend protection and help your lawn thrive throughout the season.

  • Promotes strong roots and thick, beautiful turf
  • Improve oxygen uptake ability
  • Defend your yard against ticks & fleas
  • Prevent damage due to turf diseases
  • Prevent damage caused by white grubs

We are a one-stop shop for seeding, aeration, flea and tick control, grub control. With us, we are only a phone call away and we consider everyone a customer, not a number. Owner-Operator Mitch Lynd is a phone call away. Whether you are a current customer or not, Mitch is always there to answer any questions or concerns!

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17 May 2019

Lawn Treatment Tips

Weather and lawn treatments go hand and hand.

Too much moisture and cloudy days allow most fungi to grow and compromise your lawn. Here at Blue Grass Lawn Service, we want to share 4 common lawn problems for you to look for that will hurt any lawn treatment.

1 Summer Patch:

Symptoms of summer patch include rings and circular patches of dead or dying turf grass. Most likely there is a center or surrounding area of healthy grass in or around what we call a doughnut style patch. Therefore, allowing those dead spots to become full of many forms of weeds. You may see this during mid-summer, after heavy rainfall or consistent rain.

2 Red Thread:

The symptoms and signs of red thread are distinctive, most common among morning dew, water from rain or irrigation issues. A coral pink or reddish layer of fungal growth knows as mycelium can be seen on leaves and sheaths. Development of this type of disease is prominent by cool, wet weather (65-70 degrees). The most obvious times you may see this is in the spring or early autumn. As most fungus Red Thread can be seen during long wet weather and damp lawns.

Pro-Tip when cutting grass while getting lawn treatments:

Lawn height while cutting is a huge factor to ensure a healthy lawn. Most professional recommendations to ensure the best and healthiest growth are as followed. During spring it is recommended to keep you lawn height at 3 ½ inches, for the summer 4 inches is recommended. Fungi and other lawn related issues are more common in areas where lawns are cut too short or “scalped”.

3 Dollar Spot:

Long periods of high humidity or frequent rainfall may cause the most severe outbreaks. Watering your lawn at the wrong time may extend or increase the incidence of disease. Therefore, the most common outbreaks occur when temperatures are moderately warm and change rapidly. Such as warm days turn into cold nights. Infected areas 4 inches or larger may run together, allowing for much larger patches. Although, patches growing to 12 feet wide are not uncommon.

4 Leaf Blight:

Leaf blights are present in every established lawn. Therefore, this lawn disease will cause serious damage during extreme weather conditions, such as frequent wet weather, high temperatures and when improper lawn practices aggravate the disease. Mostly known, mowing is the main factor for increasing the infection in several ways, wounds are made that allow easy penetration for the fungi. Especially when the leaf blades are shredded by dull mower blades and foot traffic to spread spores.

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01 Jun 2018
controlling lawn fungal diseases

Article: Controlling Lawn Fungal Diseases

Lawn fungal diseases take on a variety of forms from dead-looking brown patches to highly visible spots, threads, rings, or slimes. Once they strike your yard, grass fungal diseases can be difficult to treat. Fortunately, the right lawn care practices can go a long way toward prevention and treatment; and in severe cases, a fungicide can help eradicate the spores to keep it from spreading. Here are some tips for preventing and treating fungal diseases in your lawn.