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Summer Patch standard

There are many different lawn diseases that affect different types of grasses. The effects of these diseases can be unsightly and aggravating to those who spend the time and money caring for their lawns and they can even be deadly to the grass plant itself. What is Summer Patch? Summer patch is a fungus disease that mostly affects Kentucky bluegrass and annual bluegrasses. This disease typically strikes between June and September. Summer patch appears as irregular patches, rings, or crescents less than 10 inches in diameter. What Causes Summer Patch? Summer patch exists in the lawn at all times but will only present itself when conditions are favorable for it. Extended periods of high humidity and daytime high temperatures above ...

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Brown Patch standard

Brown Patch is one of the more common summer lawn diseases in our area effecting homeowners with fescue lawns. The effects can be unsightly and aggravating to those who appreciate a well manicured lawn and can even be deadly to the grass plant itself. What is Brown Patch? The disease is exactly what it is called, a brown patch that appears in the lawn, and typically several patches will appear. These patches are usually circular, brown and can be as range from a few inches in diameter to a few feet in diameter. Brown patch is best known for targeting cool season grasses like tall fescue and rye grass but could still affect warm season grasses like zoysia. What Causes Brown ...

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Powdery Mildew Lawn Disease standard

There are many different lawn diseases that affect different types of grasses. The effects of these diseases can be unsightly and aggravating to those who spend the time and money caring for their lawns and they can even be deadly to the grass plant itself. What is Powdery Mildew? Powdery mildew is a lawn disease that affects a wide variety of plants. It is a fungus that is easily diagnosed because of the white powder like spores on the grass blades or for other plants, on the leaves and stem. Powdery mildew favors Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass, fine fescue, and Bermuda grass and will develop in shaded areas first. Fortunately, powdery mildew is usually not severe enough to cause significant problems. ...

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Rust standard

There are many different lawn diseases that affect different types of grasses. The effects of these diseases can be unsightly and aggravating to those who spend the time and money caring for their lawns and they can even be deadly to the grass plant itself. What is Rust? Rust is a lawn disease that can turn your shoes an orange color, blow orange clouds of dust while mowing, and discolors your lawn. Rust can be a temporary problem or it can cause death to the lawn. Unfortunately, this residue can be tracked into homes by human and pet traffic. While rust can be unsightly and quite annoying, it is not harmful to pets or to humans. Luckily, rust is not ...

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Dollar Spot standard

There are many different lawn diseases that affect different types of grasses. The effects of these diseases can be unsightly and aggravating to those who spend the time and money caring for their lawns and they can even be deadly to the grass plant itself. What is Dollar Spot? Dollar spot is an infectious lawn disease that affects the leaf or blade of the turf rather than the root. It is a disease that favors bentgrass or bluegrass and is rare on sports turf such as fescue. Dollar spot will have small, creeping, round spots, between 1-10 inches in diameter and appears as a “bleached white spot” within the lawn. In most cases dollar spot is more of an aesthetic ...

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Mushrooms and Fairy Rings standard

There are many different lawn diseases that affect different types of grasses. The effects of these diseases can be unsightly and aggravating to those who spend the time and money caring for their lawns and they can even be deadly to the grass plant itself. What are Mushrooms? Mushrooms are grown from a fungus that appears hidden underground. These toadstools are actually harmless to the lawn, but if they are of the poisonous variety they can be harmful when ingested. It is important to keep an eye on children and pets to ensure the mushrooms are left alone. What are Fairy Rings? If mushrooms are noticed in the same area year after year and form in the shape of a ...

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The 150 Rule standard

The 150 rule is used by many homeowners and lawn care companies to help properly care for lawns. Depending on who you ask, the 150 rule can have a couple of different meanings. Summer Months & Diseases For cool season grasses, the 150 rule is used in the summer to determine when a lawn is more susceptible to disease. This calculation is also important when using products on your lawn such as herbicides (weed controls) as they can be more damaging to the lawn. The calculation of the 150 rule during the summer months is quite simple. Add the air temperature and the humidity together. If the total is at or above 150, the lawn is considered to be in ...

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