Lawn Disease Control Services
Every lawn in the Kansas City area is susceptible to disease. At Heritage Lawns & Irrigation, we are lawn disease experts. We have a specialist on staff with a degree in horticulture who has the education and experience to identify, treat, and stop lawn diseases.
In lawns with a history of disease problems we can incorporate custom products and cultural practices into your program that will keep the brown spots and other problems away. We can diagnose and treat all lawn diseases including:
The Lawn Disease Triangle
Three components are necessary for disease to take root in your lawn:
- Susceptible host turf plants – every type of grass is susceptible to some kind of disease.
- Pathogens – there are always plenty of pathogens
- Environment – adequate temperature and moisture levels for fungus growth
Pathogens are simply disease causing organisms. While we can’t do much to get rid of pathogens as they are always present in the air, water and soil we can control the type of grass and the environment to some degree. The best defense is a good offense, so we mentor homeowners on the proper cultural practices and use preventative treatments to keep problems to a minimum. Planting the right grasses, controlling moisture levels, and using good lawn care practices can go a long way in disease prevention. Here are a few of the tips we regularly share:
Aeration – If the problem is moisture related, we suggest aeration to improve the drainage and air circulation.
Deep Watering – To avoid drought stress, we recommend long, deep watering to encourage deep root growth that will sustain the turf in arid times.
Morning Watering – We also suggest watering in the morning, not at night, to give the blades a chance to dry before fungus decides to move in.
Fertilizing – Appropriate levels of fertilizer keep the plant from developing too much top growth or nutritional deficiencies that promote disease.
Mowing – Mowing with dull mower blades can shred the top of the grass leaving open wounds susceptible to infection.
Diagnosing Lawn Diseases Is Difficult
We see a lot of diseases in Kansas City lawns. Some of the most common are brown patch, summer patch, and leaf spot. Our warm evenings with high humidity make great fungus growing conditions. Because there are many different diseases with varying symptoms, diagnosing lawn diseases can be bit tricky. Sometimes lawn symptoms are not even due to disease. During the heat of the summer, cool season grasses can turn brown, but this is just a natural protective response to drought and heat. If your grass is dull, wilted, or bluish-gray, it could just be signaling that it needs more water. Yellow grass that appears stunted may simply need iron or nitrogen. Before you waste money treating your lawn for a “disease” that it may not even be suffering from, give the disease experts at Heritage Lawns a call. We can rule out or confirm disease, identify the disease or the other problem, and treat it effectively.
Let Heritage Diagnose, Treat, & Stop Lawn Disease
How do you know when it’s disease and what action to take? Call the lawn disease experts at Heritage Lawns & Irrigation. We’ll tell you what’s going on with your lawn. If your lawn does have a disease, we can slow or stop the spread using rescue treatments for the rest of this year and look toward prevention for the following seasons. Give Heritage Lawns a call and let us diagnose, treat, and stop your lawn diseases to get your lawn back to healthy and beautiful again!