Lawn disease is a constant threat to your lawn. In the winter months, snow mold, one common lawn disease, can cause damage to your grass. This blog will be about the different types of diseases your lawn may face throughout the year, and the top five best practices to prevent them. To put this in sports terminology, we are giving you the best defense in the league, now it’s up to you to go out there and be successful with the knowledge you have!
There are many different types of lawn diseases to look for throughout the year. These are the best things you can do to avoid lawn disease from occuring on your property:
We know that some of these things seem pretty simple and you are probably saying to yourself, “But I do this already.” Keep in mind that these tasks are not simple just one and done acts. Much like a defense, yes another sports reference, you do not only play one game, but an entire season! In the case of your lawn, the season lasts an entire year. You always have to work and play defense to prevent lawn disease for this duration. With that being said, let’s get started with mowing!
1. Mow Mow Mow your lawn…
Gently and consistently! If you have a lawn, then you are aware that trimming and mowing your grass is vital to the health and overall condition of your lawn. However, you have to mow or trim your lawn regularly in order to keep it as healthy and vibrant as possible.
Make sure that the blades you are using are cleaned (we will get more into that later in the blog) and sharpened to get the best quality cut out of them. If you do not make sure your blades are sharp, they can cause serious damage to your lawn when they are trimming it. You also want to make sure to not trim or mow too much of your lawn. You want to make sure that the blades of grass on your lawn are not too short.
2. Water your lawn
It’s a very simple concept right? Water your lawn to help it grow and remain healthy. However, you have to make sure you are watering your lawn the right way in order to prevent your lawn from disease. We are not telling you to become a mad scientist to figure the correct method of watering out. We just want to make sure you are accounting for everything when trying to water the right way.
When is the best time to water your lawn? Morning! Watering in the morning allows for the perfect temperature and conditions (weather pending) to water your lawn. Why? Watering your lawn in the morning allows your lawn to take in the water before getting hit with the warmer temperatures and sun of the day. The sun and warmer temperatures will allow your lawn to dry. If you lawn stays consistently wet, it allow for disease and fungus to form. That is why watering your lawn at night is not recommended because it is harder for your lawn to dry during what is usually the coolest time of the day.
The recommended amount of water you should use on your lawn per week is one inch of water. An inch of water ALL WEEK! Please realize that the inch of water recommended also includes rainfall for that week. If you over saturate your lawn with water, it can lead to mildew, mold and fungus forming. Also make sure you do not leave a formation of puddles in your lawn while watering. This water build up can cause irrigation problems and lead to, you guessed it, lawn disease.
Aeration is a great service for your lawn to keep it healthy and disease free. Aeration “opens up” your lawn, allowing it to take in more air. Letting more air in, along with water and nutrients, makes for a healthier and deeper root. The usual combo of aeration and overseeding is the one-two punch that revitalizes and heals your lawn, offering a better quality and overall healthier lawn, which in turn prevents disease from forming on your lawn.
Not only another sports reference, but we are more than halfway done with the blog. We wanted to take time to let you know the various forms of lawn disease before we tell you the remaining practices to prevent them. Some of the most common lawn diseases are:
- Brown Patches
- Red Thread
- Dollar Spot
- Leaf Spot
- Snow Mold
We just named a few as it is an abbreviated halftime show and we want to get right back into our blog.
4. Clean Up, Clean Up….
Everybody, every lawn! Similar to maintaining the interior of your house, you want to also make sure your lawn and outdoor property is also clean. A dirty lawn shows just as much as a dirty house! You want to make sure you are raking your leaves, and composting them or removing them in the right way. You want to clear your property of all branches and other parts or patches of debris that may have fallen on it. We mention that because lawn disease seems to breed in these spaces.
Like we briefly mentioned before, you also want to clean the tools you use for your lawn, as you would a fork or a plate, after use. You want to clean your blades for mowing like we mentioned earlier, along with the shovels or rakes you use. It is recommended that you clean those tools with a combination of water and some bleach. This will kill any and all forms of spores on your tools that are there to potentially lead to damage and lawn disease. Just like a defense cleans their jerseys at the end of your game, make sure you clean your tools! (Yes, we are still throwing in as many sports references as possible, but don’t worry! We are almost done!)
Last but not least, rounding out the top five, is fertilizing your lawn. A common issue within your soil is an imbalance of nutrients in it. This is where adjusting your fertilizer and soil will have its long term benefits in preventing lawn disease. Before fertilizing your lawn, make sure you run soil tests to determine if there is, in fact, the correct balance of nutrients in your soil. Running tests will insure that your soil and overall lawn will be healthy and durable all year long.
We now have gone through the top five ways to avoid lawn disease. There is a common factor in all five ways. That factor is you. If you do not have the time or skill to consistently take the necessary measures to prevent lawn disease on your property, we are here to tell you that it is okay! That’s why we are here!
Marathon Lawn Care is the top choice for residents in the Austin TX area, and we also serve North Austin, Cedar Park, and Leander. In addition, we serve these communities within these regions:
- Cat Hollow
- Scofield Farms
- Wells Branch
- Anderson Mill West
- Village at Anderson Mill
- Mesa Park
- Rattan Creek
- Hunters Chase
- Old Millwood
If you have any questions about our services or lawn care in general, feel free to reach out to us online or by phone today! Our customer service representatives will be happy to help.