Treat Yourself to a Fungus Free Lawn

Treat Yourself to a Fungus Free Lawn

Treat Yourself to a Fungus Free Lawn

Spring is in the air, the birds are chirping, the days are getting longer, and daydreams about BBQs on lush green yards consume our every thought. What’s not on your mind is the fact that lawn fungus or disease could be taking over your yard in ugly brown circles. Fungus can establish and persist in dormant, warm-season lawns and go largely unnoticed in dormancy, that is until the “spring green up” hits. Before you know it, you are waging war with an outbreak instead of enjoying your lawn and the great weather. This article discusses lawn disease control and a few recommended products to treat fungus so that you can spend more time enjoying your lawn instead of working on it.

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  • Coverage: One bottle covers 2,500 sq. ft.
  • Active Ingredient(s): Propiconazole 1.45% and Lamda-cyhalothrin 0.08%.
  • Ease of Use: Hooks up to your garden hose for even spray application.
  • Best Used On/For: Outdoor topical/contact fungus and general insect control.

  • Coverage: 10 lbs. covers between 2,500–5,000 sq. ft.
  • Active Ingredient(s): Azoxystrobin 0.31%.
  • Ease of Use: Requires a drop or broadcast spreader for application.
  • Best Used On/For: Systemic strobilurin fungicide used to control certain turfgrass diseases.

  • Coverage: One gallon covers between 36,000–128,000 sq. ft.
  • Active Ingredient(s): Azoxystrobin 8.8%.
  • Ease of Use: Requires tank mixing and spray application.
  • Best Used On/For:Tough turfgrass diseases in lawns, landscapes, sports fields and golf courses.

  • Coverage: 2 lbs. covers between 21,000–53,000 sq. ft.
  • Active Ingredient(s): Trifloxystrobin 8.33%, Tradimefon 41.67%.
  • Ease of Use: Requires tank mixing and spray application.
  • Best Used On/For: Preventative disease control.

  • Coverage: One gallon covers between 12,800–25,600 sq. ft.
  • Active Ingredient(s): Mono- and di-potassium salts of phosphorus acid 45.8%.
  • Ease of Use: Requires tank mixing for spray application.
  • Best Used On/For: Turfgrass disease.

 If you already have grass fungus, stop what you are doing and purchase one of our recommended topical fungicides to treat the area immediately; be sure not to mow over that area or walk on it. Each area may take several treatments. Be sure to read the product labels before application.

Be sure to check your lawn and treat for fungus prior to any fertilizing/feeding this spring. Most fertilizers contain nitrogen, which fungus love. If you feed your lawn prior to putting a fungicide down and you have a fungus, that fungus will expand exponentially, which will be disastrous for your lawn.  

Armed with this new knowledge, go check your lawn, treat the problem areas or potential at-risk areas, and get to spending more time enjoying your lawn instead of working on it.

To ensure you continue to have a great looking lawn, be sure to check out Lawnifi’s Spring Fertilizer Box with everything you need to feed your lawn this spring. Lawnifi is lawn care with less work, less product and better results. Lawnifi Recover in particular is great for applying on the spots disease may have caused damage to AFTER the disease has been treated. Recover is designed to help lawns during stressful periods such as summer heat. It can also be used to help with the stress caused by disease.

Here’s to a happy spring!

For more information on identifying a type of fungus in your grass and treating it with recommended products, take a look at our Identifying Common Lawn Diseases. If you are one of those homeowners who struggles with severe lawn disease issues, you can try combining fungicides with different chemistries to tackle even the most difficult of lawn diseases. Read more in our Lawn Disease Control Strategies article.

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