Maintaining a Lush Lawn takes a lot of work and can be quite overwhelming. There are many issues that can creep up on you if you aren’t careful. In the effort to take a little guesswork out of it, we wanted to make you aware of one current condition that is very common this time of year and provide some best practices for treating it.
Dollar Spot is a turf disease and it is easily underestimated because of its initial size. We highly recommend keeping a close eye out for it as this disease can be quite damaging to your lawn.
The disease appears as straw-colored, round, sunken spots. Each spot is about the size of a silver dollar and is often seen in large clusters thoughout the yard. If you look closely enough, the blades of grass will have light-brown scratches with a reddish-brown border around them.
Dollar Spot infects many different types of grasses, killing the grass all the way down to the roots. It thrives in a warm and humid environment and is highly active in lawns that are “thatchy” and often mowed very low.
Tips to help you fight against Dollar Spot:
Water regularly. - Be sure to water deeply and infrequently and skip one or two nights between waterings. The general rule of thumb is to water about 1” per week. After long periods of rain, it’s a good idea to let it dry down some before you begin your watering regimen again.
Mow regularly. - It’s best to keep your lawns height between 2-3 inches and mow every 5-7 days. When you mow your Bermudagrass or Zoysia, it encourages lateral growth. That lateral growth will help your turf recover and look green again.
Aeration. - Our lawns need to breathe and let water move through its soil profile. Aerating the soil prevents it from becoming compacted and helps to remove thatch.
Fertilize. - Sometimes just allowing your grass to grow through the Dollar Spot is your best line of defense.
Wait. - Give your grass a couple weeks to fend off the pathogen after the climate changes so it can recover.
Call a professional. - Our Waynes Lawn team knows just what is right to maintain a Lush Lawn. Should you need us, give us a call at 866-WAYNES-1 today.