Many Florida home lawns are experiencing an outbreak of a viral turfgrass disease that can destroy entire lawns and sometimes those surrounding it within three years of infection or less. This is especially prevalent in Floratam St. Augustine home lawns, which is the most popular grass type found throughout South Florida yards.
The disease was first verified in Palm Beach County in 2014. However, it has now spread throughout South Florida and continues to expand into other regions of the state. After genome (genetic) testing, researchers have found the problem is a viral condition that causes the decline in turfgrass health and eventually death called Lethal Viral Necrosis (LVN).
Lethal Viral Necrosis in Florida Home Lawns
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Lethal Viral Necrosis, commonly known as LVN, is a threat to Floratam lawns in South Florida. Palmetto St. Augustine is one of the few varieties of St. Augustine grass designated by the University of Florida as LVN resistant at this time. If your Floratam lawn has been killed by LVN, Palmetto St. Augustine is an option for replacement, but be wary of unscrupulous parties selling other St Augustine grasses and representing to unsuspecting homeowners that it is Palmetto when, in fact, it is not.