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Lawn care treatments are dependent on the annual weather for the area. Wynn’s Intensive Lawn Care has been in the Douglas County area for over 40 years, so we are knowledgeable about the conditions that West Georgia’s adverse weather can have on the local soil. Even periods of heavy rain can be as challenging as a drought, bringing over-saturation, insects, fungus, and storm water runoff and erosion.
Sometimes, even with the best care and maintenance, your lawn will develop unsightly lawn issues. Identification is the key to resolving these problem areas quickly. If the underlying cause is known, then it is easier to decide which treatment will be best for your lawn.
Some of the more common causes include:
Improper disposal of animal waste
Improper application of pesticides
A PH imbalance
Over-watering or inadequate soil aeration
Over-feeding or improper feeding
Brown patch is a fungus and the spores can affect all turfs, usually occurring during the spring or the fall. The fungi spores cannot be eliminated because they are pathogens in the soil and always present. Brown Patch favors humid days with night time temps in the 60s and, along with excess soil moisture or extended leaf blade wetness, the severity of the disease can increase. It starts as small patches of 2-3” and the patches may combine to develop rapidly into larger spots. Grasses in the patch turn brown with a light to reddish-brown fringe. Brown patch can be treated with fungicides.
Dollar Spot affects many turf types and is caused by a fungus. Dollar spot favors temperatures between 59° and 86°F. This disease also favors conditions of warm days and cool nights, plus intense dews. A grayish to white cobweb-like growth may be visible in early morning over newly-formed spots on the upper leaf blades that are wetted by dew. Typical Dollar Spot symptoms on a closely-mowed turf are small, circular, sunken, straw-colored patches of 2-3 inches in diameter. Dollar Spot can be corrected with core aeration to increase air circulation and with an adequate level of nitrogen, particularly in the spring and early summer. Watering should be thorough (wetting the lawn to a depth of 5-7 inches) and done once a week, preferably before sunrise because of the lower wind and temperature.