As a commercial lawn care company, Landworks is here to help you prevent, identify, and treat all manner of turf and shrub diseases. Good drainage, aeration, fertilization, watering, and mowing practices help prevent all types of lawn disease. In this blog, we will focus on identifying and treating nutsedge and fungus.
Yellow nutsedge has bright yellow-green leaves, and purple nutsedge is dark green. Both stand out against turf grass. It has triangular stems and grows much faster than turf grass, giving an uneven appearance to your lawn. Outbreaks often begin in moist, poorly drained lawn areas, and quickly develop into large colonies. The only effective treatments for nutsedge are specialized products best applied by professionals.
Brown Patch (Rhizoctonia Blight)
Brown patch is a hot weather disease that can affect all types of turf. It first appears in rough, circular patches between around 1 and 5 feet in diameter. This fungus thrives in hot, humid weather like we have been having in the Kansas City area.
Dollar Spot (Sclerotinia Homeocarpa)
Dollar spot infects lawns during warm weather. The fungus gets into the grass when it is wet and large, tan-colored wounds appear on the blades. Leaf spots are tiny circles with yellow centers and dark borders all along the leaf blade. The infected grass blades are found in circular patches about .5 – 1” in diameter. A bad case of dollar spot can expand and damage the entire lawn.
Leaf Blight (Ascochyta Spp.)
Leaf blight is another fungus that loves hot, humid weather. It enters the turfgrass when it is mowed and then overwatered in the evening. Leaf blight damages the lawn in circular or tubular patches that can form large, bleached areas with significant infestation. It causes individual leaves to die from the tip down with a dark purple-brown line running horizontally across.
There are around 8,000 named species of rust diseases, and many of them only affect specific plants. Rust typically occurs on lawns in late summer and early autumn, when temperatures are between 70 – 80 F with high humidity and low light intensity. Weather that flips back and forth from cool and wet to hot and dry can create suitable conditions for rust as well. It generally appears as yellowy-orange flecks on the leaves and tips of grass that grow into round pustules which release powdery spores when they rupture.
Knowledgeable commercial lawn care from Landworks can help you get rid of fungus. The best way to keep fungi from coming back is to control the conditions they need to grow. Food sources should be removed or limited as much as possible. This means eliminating organic materials like grass clippings, leaves, and other lawn waste as soon as possible. It is also crucial to address any drainage issues to prevent excess moisture.
Regular mowing is essential, as long grass retains more moisture at the soil level. A thick layer of thatch can also contribute to ideal conditions for fungus, so de-thatching is a good idea. Aeration also helps by improving drainage and airflow. Landworks commercial lawn care in Johnson County makes all of this a breeze.
Landworks Commercial Lawn Care
Landworks has an experienced team of professionals who have in-depth knowledge of the lawn care industry and are committed to your satisfaction. We provide lawn care solutions for retaining your property’s value, and our commitment to excellence is our number one priority.
Lawn care services from Landworks include mulch installation, shrub trimming, landscape bed maintenance, flower installation, aeration and seeding, spring clean-up, lawn fertilizer service, weed/grub/insect/disease control, and more for both residential and commercial properties.
For information about lawn care in Johnson County, call Landworks at (913) 422-9300. To request a quote, click here.