A nice expanse of green, well-tended lawn is part of what gives customers a great first impression of your residential or commercial property.
So when spring finally arrives, you look forward to showing off your nice landscape and impressing potential customers with a bright carpet of green.
Whoa — what’s that weird pink stuff on my new spring grass? Why does my grass look white? What the heck?
Spring, when the time is ripe for turf diseases to rear their ugly, slimy heads.
Has your grass been zapped? Here’s a look at a few common lawn diseases in the Hudson Valley that pop up during the cool, damp spring weather — and what to do about them.
Common Lawn Diseases In The Hudson Valley
Red Thread And Pink Patch
Red thread and pink patch are lawn diseases that often occur together.
Brace yourself — they look weird, which makes them easy to identify. The late stages of red thread lawn disease produce a network of bright pink to reddish color fungus with a threadlike appearance. On cool, damp mornings, the lawn fungus covers the grass with a pink, gelatin like coating.
Pink patch develops a gelatinous, pink fungus on the grass.
They love cool, wet spring weather and often show up during extended periods of damp, drizzly, overcast conditions. Once the disease starts, it can be easily spread by mowing, so collecting the grass clippings and disposing of them may slow the disease.
Some experts say lack of nitrogen in your lawn is the culprit, but even lawn pros who fertilize regularly discover red thread in the spring.
The key is to encourage new grass growth quickly, so a good dose of nitrogen is vital. But if you bombard your lawn with nitrogen too close to the heat and humidity of summer, you could actually encourage other types of lawn disease.
When in doubt, ask a professional.
Red thread usually isn’t a serious lawn disease and fungicide use isn’t recommended. It will typically go away on its own.
You might freak out when you see powdery mildew on your lawn, but it actually looks worse than it is.
Your grass will look like someone dusted it with a white powder.
Powdery mildew mostly crops up in light to heavy shade during the cool, humid weather in spring.
The good news is powdery mildew won’t invade your lawn’s crown or roots — it stays on the blade surface. Fertilizing and excessive watering can accelerate the disease, so go easy on these.
More light and better air circulation can prevent powdery mildew, so consider pruning low hanging limbs as well as limbs in the tree canopy.
If problems continue, you might need to remove the grass and put down mulch, or replace the grass with shade garden plants.
Snow mold appears in the spring as the snow melts off lawns. Circular straw-colored patches develop and the grass has a matted appearance, and may look gray and moldy. It sounds and looks gross, but it typically won’t kill your grass.
So relax — the lawn will recover soon on its own. A little light raking will help speed the process, but be gentle. Aggressive raking can kill the grass.
Control Common Lawn Diseases With Neave Lawn Care
The professionals at Neave Lawn Care can identify and control spring lawn diseases on your commercial or residential property.
Many of the steps experts recommend to prevent lawn diseases are part of the comprehensive array of services we provide — from early spring to late fall.
A great place to start is with our free lawn analysis. A Neave Lawn Care specialist will visit your property to analyze the health and condition of all your outdoor plant life. Then our professionals will work with you to create a comprehensive plan to keep your lawn a healthy part of your property’s landscape.
If you’re in the Hudson Valley, call us at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.