Lawn Disease Identification Part 3: Rust
Rust is a particular fungus which attacks the blades of your grass. It can significantly weaken your lawn, making it susceptible to other diseases.
Prevention And Mitigation
Once you’ve identified that you have rust, there are some steps you can take to fight the fungus and prevent it in the future.
- Make sure your lawn is getting the right amount of nitrogen. Nitrogen-poor soil is very conducive to rust growth, so having a proper lawn care and fertilizer plan is important.
- Avoid watering your lawn at night, as the moisture won’t evaporate as quickly as it does during the day, which creates a good environment for rust.
- Be careful with your mowing. Mowing more than ⅓ of the blade off at one time, mowing too infrequently or mowing your grass shorter than 3-3-½” can add unnecessary stress to your lawn.
- Prune trees and shrubs to increase light and air penetration of your lawn.
- Reduce the amount of thatch you maintain on your lawn. Anything more than ½” is too much and can be reduced by the process of lawn aeration. Lawn aeration removes soil cores from your lawn and deposits them above the thatch layer. This helps breakdown the thatch. At Valley Green Companies, we utilize special aerator equipment which creates 40 holes per square foot.
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