Spring Dead Spot disease is common in bermudagrass types throughout Oklahoma. Spring dead spot disease occurs in highly maintained residential, commercial bermudagrass lawns. It’s most noticeable in the springtime and early summer. You can tell if your lawn is experiencing SDS if you see:
- Dead and bleached white circles
- Spots that expand in size
- Weed growth
How to Manage SDS
Here at Nutri-Green, we developed the best way to manage and control Spring Dead Spot disease (SDS) in our customer’s lawns by:
- Applying a fungicide to stop spreading and begin control. During the summer months SDS subsides – smaller patches will fill in with new grass growth and the fungus will survive in infected plants without visual signs. Next, we follow up and apply two critically timed fungicide treatments to eliminate this disease. Typically this will control SDS. In severe cases, however, we may need to apply another. The key to eliminating this problem is utilizing our timely treatments and high-quality products applied with professional application techniques.
- Repairing existing damage in your lawn. The more techniques we use to increase grass growth, the faster those spots will fill in and repair the damage. Your lawn program provides the required amount of nutrients a healthy lawn needs so it’s important to continue. However, your lawn is “sick,” therefore we recommend applying additional fertilizers and aerating your lawn to increase fertility and promote growth which will fill in those bare areas and repair the disease damage faster. It’s also very important to maintain a consistent watering program all season. Without proper water, this program is not effective. We are at the mercy of Mother Nature’s time clock to fill in the thin spots.
Suffering From Brown Patch?
Brown patch disease most often affects lawns during the warm season in Oklahoma, but can begin in early spring depending on the changing weather conditions. The best way to treat brown patch disease is by treating it as soon as you see it, so be on the lookout for:
- Thin grass areas
- Bleached or yellow areas
- Large circular and semi-circular arc
Dollar Spot Treatment
Dollar spot disease is common the most among turf grasses. This disease is most likely to affect residential lawns that are maintained under a low nitrogen fertility program. In Oklahoma, dollar spot disease occurs during high humidity and cool nights, such as late spring and early fall.
The most common signs of dollar spot are:
- White or tan spots of dead turf about the size of a silver dollar.
- Spots are more likely on lawns cut at 1 to 3 inches.
- Dead areas may reach 2 to 4 inches in diameter.
- These spots may run together, producing large areas of dead turf.
Fairy Rings in Your Lawn?
Fairy ring is more difficult to see, especially on a well-kept lawn, and is more prevalent on lighter-textured soils and on grass with heavy thatch. It is caused by mushroom fungi and different types of soil-inhabiting fungi. They usually appear at the outer edge of rings in late summer or early fall, during periods of high soil moisture. Fairy ring is less infectious since the fungi do not directly attack the plants, but rather affect the grass with altering the soil chemistry or physical appearance.
Key signs of fairy rings are:
- Rings of dark green
- Fast-growing turf
- A cluster of mushrooms or toadstools
Avoid Lawn Diseases with Consistent Care
The best way to prevent lawn disease is with consistent care. Fertilization, weed control, lawn pest control, and more should be a regular part of your lawn care routine. If your lawn is suffering from any of these lawn diseases or more, let the experts at Nutri-Green help kick it back into gear! With our lawn care program, you can enjoy a beautiful, healthy lawn year-round!
Areas We Service
At Nutri-Green, we are a lawn care company that is proud to call Oklahoma home! We have been providing quality disease control to homeowners in the Tulsa metro area for over 15 years, including the following cities: