Keeping a lawn healthy and green can feel like an uphill battle, especially when dealing with weeds. Lawns are also susceptible to disease, making things even more complicated. Here's how to identify three common lawn diseases, their causes, and what you can do to turn things around.
With Dollar Spot, grass tends to die in small, circular spots 4 to 12 inches wide. As the spots grow, they may fuse together creating big, brown blotches in your lawn. Favorable conditions for Dollar Spot include mild to warm weather (60 to 85 degrees), excessive moisture, and under-fertilization. Thatch in your lawn can also encourage this disease.
What you can do: 1. Raise the cutting height of your mower to 3 to 4 inches to allow grass leaves to dry between watering. 2. Fertilize your lawn, starting in the spring, at least a few times throughout the year, in regular intervals. 3. Adjust your sprinklers so you're watering deeply but infrequently, ideally in the early morning hours.
With Rust, grass blades develop dust-like, orange-colored spores. Areas in your lawn that are affected will have a rusty look. Rust doesn't typically hurt the grass but it can be a nuisance and detract from that lush, green aesthetic you'd probably prefer. Over time, it can lessen the vigor of your grass which can attract other diseases to infect your lawn. Favorable conditions for Rust include mild temperatures (60 to 75 degrees), dry weather conditions. Over-fertilization and heavy thatch can also encourage the spread of Rust.
What you can do: 1. Mow your lawn frequently at a moderate height (2 to 3 inches) and rinse off lawn equipment to prevent the spread of the disease. 2. Rake and remove any thatch that becomes more than a half-inch deep. 3. Water early in the day so the grass has a chance to dry before the warmest point of the day.
With Pythium Blight, grass will develop orange to copper-colored circular spots from 1 to 6 six inches in diameter. These grow quickly, however, and can cause large areas of discoloration and dead turf in your lawn, especially in areas with poor drainage. Favorable conditions for Pythium Blight include warm to hot, humid weather (think of those days when it doesn't even seem to cool down at night) and lush lawns that hold a lot of moisture.
What you can do: 1. Watch your lawn for what appear to be darker green areas that might look wet or dewy (this is due to the greasy or oiliness of infected grasses). At first sign, you will want to introduce the use of a fungicide because this disease is a difficult one to control. 2. Make sure you address any drainage issues with your lawn to remove excess water build-up. 3. Rake and remove any thatch that becomes more than a half-inch deep.
In the Eugene-Springfield area, Graham Landscape & Design works with homeowners and business owners to maintain healthy lawns and beautiful landscapes. If you suspect you're dealing with lawn disease or could use some help with maintenance to prevent disease, please give us a call at 541-729-8029 to schedule a consult today.
Moss in a lawn can make or break a homeowner's dream of the perfect landscape. It is important to understand what causes the growth of moss and what conditions in your yard are contributing to the problem. Once you are armed with this knowledge, you can create a maintenance plan to tackle the problem head-on. Some causes of moss are simple to fix, and others may require more work and professional assistance. Let’s look at some of the most common causes of moss in lawns.
The condition of your lawn's soil is one of the biggest factors in the determining why moss is growing. For instance, acidic soil creates a perfect environment where moss can grow and thrive while your grass dies. In addition to the acidity, it is essential to ensure that your soil is fertile. You can test for these conditions at home and develop a maintenance plan to treat the soil and create an environment that is conducive to grass growth rather than moss.
Too much water? Too little water? Drainage? Knowing how much water your lawn needs is a critical step in the fight against moss. Too little water causes grass to die, and it then leaves open soil for moss to grow in. Too much water and poor drainage both create soggy soil which is a perfect breeding ground for moss. A straightforward way to ensure you are only watering as much as you need is by using a rain gauge. In addition, watch for areas of pooling which can be an indicator of poor drainage — something you will also want to address.
Many other causes lead to the growth of moss in lawns. Some causes include limited sun exposure, too much foot traffic, animal urine, and mowing grass too far down. All of these factors have the potential of killing your lawn and leaving behind conditions that allow moss to develop and grow continually.
Every lawn is different and is exposed to different household and environmental stresses. Knowing the conditions that promote moss growth allow you to create a plan to fight it. Contact us as Graham Landscape & Design, and we can work together to decide on the best course of action for your lawn. You can give us a call at 541-729-8029 or contact us here. With years of experience in the landscape industry, we can help you have the lawn that you have always dreamed of.
Graham Landscape and Design LLC designs, installs, and maintains residential and commercial landscapes in Junction City Oregon. Pictured below is a complete landscape in Junction City, Oregon designed and installed by Graham Landscape and Design LLC.
The Problem: Thistledown Farms in Junction City Oregon needed a landscape make-over for their courtyard landscape that customers look at while checking out at the cash registers. There had been a pond and landscape there before, but it had fallen into a state of disrepair and had become a large, prominent eyesore from the natural produce store. Randy and Pam Henderson of Thistledown Farms in Junction City decided to hire Graham Landscape and Design LLC, a professional landscape design build company, to draw up plans and install a landscape to match the scale of their amazing, historic farm.
The Solution: Graham Landscape and Design LLC created a multi-faceted landscape design to complement the look and feel of Thistledown Farms. We designed a decomposed granite walking path to leisurely stroll the grounds around the water feature and landscape in Junction City, Oregon. Knowing that many families and young children enjoy purchasing their fresh produce from Thistledown Farms and spending a half day or day there, we decided to increase the size of the lawn for impromptu picnics. Graham Landscape and Design LLC completely re-designed and installed the water feature that faces the check-out stands and plays the prominent role in this courtyard landscape.
Graham Landscape and Design LLC chose decomposed granite and Pro-steel edging for the pathway material for a number of reasons. The decomposed granite material drains really well, compacts nicely, and has a nice tan/gold color to it. The black Pro-steel edging, barely visible, keeps mulch and lawn separated from the pathway.
Knowing that the lawn would receive a lot of foot traffic from kids and families romping around in the courtyard, Graham Landscape and Design LLC decided to install a Fescue sod lawn for Thistledown Farms in Junction City. Fescue sod is more wear-resistant, requires less water than Perennial Rye, and also requires less fertilizer on a regular basis.
Thistledown is known for its earlier-time charm and Graham Landscape and Design LLC wanted to honor this with the water feature re-design. We decided to incorporate the water-wheel into the water feature and we also added some select pieces of driftwood to help with that old-time feel. We increased the water output and installed a new filtration system to make sure the water stays clear. Now Thistledown's customers are drawn to the site and sound of moving water while they are checking out with their fresh produce.
Graham Landscape and Design LLC even added the finishing touches of a hollowed out tree trunk found on the property and planted a Huckleberry in it, just like you might find hiking the forests of the Pacific Northwest.
The end result of the landscape design created by Graham Landscape and Design LLC is the finished product Thistledown Farms can be proud of. The automatic sprinkler system in Junction City Oregon, also installed by Graham Landscape and Design LLC, makes landscape maintenance easy. Managing farm operations and making sure the crops are watered properly is enough work in and of itself, let alone making sure the landscape will receive the right amount of water.
Problem solved in a very aesthetic and functional way!
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