Well established turf grasses are quite resilient, but even the best kept lawns can be vulnerable. Fungus and moss can be damaging and at the very least, cause your lawn to look disruptive and inconsistent. These growths are often caused by over watering, drainage problems, unfavorable soil fertility, and more.
Below is a list of the most common turf fungus and moss that we see in this area. If you do not see your turf’s issue on this page, contact our lawn care manager directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 552-4682
Dollar spot is active throughout the turf’s growing season, especially when there is low soil moisture and an excess of dew or fog. It is usually most prevalent in the spring and is characterized by small white patches, one to three inches in diameter. If the fungus goes untreated and spots continue to appear, they can eventually come together and form larger dead areas. Spots on the turf’s surface are usually found along the edges of the grass blade and may come together across the blade, causing the tip to die.
Red thread is seen as irregularly shaped patches of blighted grass, ranging from a few inches to a few feet in diameter. As diseased turf blades turn brown, pink, or reddish, fungal growth can be observed on the blade’s surface or emerging from the cut ends of the blades. This disease affects most of the common grasses grown in Kentucky, usually during spring and early summer. Most of the time, red thread favors lawns growing in areas of low nitrogen fertility.
Brown patch appears when the temperature and humidity is very high. It can be identified as a circular patch of dead grass bordered by a darker ring of dying grass. While the patches are mostly circular, they can also be irregular. Usually brown patch spreads very quickly, so you may notice the patches growing each day they go untreated.
Rust fungus can be found when there is an excess of moisture and dew on the surface of the turf and low soil moisture. In addition, it usually occurs when the turf’s growth has slowed and the weather is dry, so usually in late summer and early fall. Rust fungus will coat your turf blades in yellow-brown or orange-red spores. Due to this coating, the turf will not be able to properly photosynthesize.
Moss grows in your lawn because the conditions are too unfavorable for the grass to grow itself. It can be caused by a number of factors. Usually it arises due to one or a combination of too much shade, too much acidity in the soil, low soil fertility, poor drainage causing saturated soil, or compacted soil.
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