Just like people and pets, grass and foliage can also get sick. While your lawn can’t speak to you and tell you exactly how it’s feeling, your grass can give you visual clues that indicate when there might be a problem. But why wait for grass diseases to happen? At Lush Lawn, we’ve seen it all when it comes to lawn diseases. Here is our guide to lawn disease prevention so that you can keep your grass happy, healthy and looking vibrant.
Water Properly and on Schedule
One of the most common issues that most people have with keeping any plant alive is watering correctly. Generally, people fall into two categories: over-waterers and under-waterers. But your grass is like Goldilocks and wants its water at the right saturation and timing.
To aid in the prevention of grass diseases, aim to water your grass one or two times a week. The best time to do this is early in the morning so that the sun naturally dries the grass. Your grass wants to soak but not for too long. Many of the fungi that cause lawn diseases attack when your grass is wet so by watering deeply as opposed to frequently, you’re not giving harmful fungi as much time to hurt your grass.
Check Your Lawn’s pH Level
Grass, like any other plants in your house or garden, wants soil that is the right pH level for optimal growth. The best pH level for grass is slightly acidic and falls between 6.0 and 7.0. It’s important to regularly test the pH level of your soil and make adjustments as needed. Achieving the optimal pH with nutrient rich soil goes a long way to prevent lawn diseases.
Stick to a Mowing Schedule
Like watering, mowing is another maintenance procedure that people mistakenly get wrong. When grass is cut too short, it is vulnerable to infection. Most don’t realize however, that there are optimal mowing heights for your grass as well as settings on your lawn mower to help you achieve this. The majority of grass types need your mower set to a higher setting of 3-4 inches. You can check online what setting is needed for your grass type here.
Fertilize Your Lawn
Fertilizer gives your grass’ soil the nutrients it needs to be healthy. However, if you don’t use enough fertilizer or do it often enough, your lawn won’t get the food it needs to thrive. If you fertilize too much your lawn will grow in fast but weak leaving it susceptible to infection.
When fertilizing it is important to follow the directions on your fertilizer’s packaging. For optimal results, go for the premium fertilizing products to ensure healthy growth.
Signs That Your Lawn is in Trouble
If you follow the steps above, Michigan lawn diseases will be kept at bay. However, sometimes things happen and your grass can’t fight off infection on its own. Here are some signs that you need to take additional steps like applying fungicide or hiring Lush Lawn to treat your grass:
- Appearance of mushrooms
- Brown spots
- Reddish blades of grass
Just remember not to panic. Your lawn is resilient and with a little TLC will be healthy and vibrant again.
Get Your Lawn Care Under Control
Whether you’re looking for lawn disease prevention or you suspect your lawn may already be infected, Lush Lawn is here to help you keep your lawn healthy and beautiful. We offer a range of maintenance services that you can schedule on a recurring basis, or we can have our professional team come out and treat your lawn using premium fungicides to stop the infection before it spreads. Get in touch with us to learn more about our services or get a free estimate.