Patrick Exterminating Lawn and Termite Supervisor Steve Cooper discusses some of the many diseases that can affect St. Augustine lawns, such as large patch, brown patch, leaf lesions and take-all root rot which is especially prevalent during the wet summer months.
Many different diseases can affect lawns in Florida, including rust, brown patch, take-all root rot, and several different types of leaf spots. Keep an eye on the overall quality of your lawn. If discolored areas appear, this may be a sign of disease. However, brown or yellow areas can also be caused by other factors like drought or cold damage. Don’t apply any chemicals unless you know what’s really going on. Give us a call at 772-286-6812 and we would be happy to provide a no-obligation lawn inspection.
Large Patch Disease
Large patch is a fungal disease that can affect zoysia grass and St. Augustine grass lawns. It shows up as round, discolored patches that expand over time. The borders of the patches are sometimes orange, and the centers appear brown and sunken. It’s also known as brown patch or rhizoctonia blight. This disease often becomes a problem in spring, when cooler temperatures and damp weather create ideal conditions for the fungus. In summer the surrounding lawn may grow, filling in the dead patches, but if the disease isn’t controlled, the problem will return again in fall. The best way to prevent large patch is to care for your lawn properly, since incorrect watering, mowing, or fertilizing practices all make your grass more susceptible to disease.
Take-All Root Rot
With summers full of rain, Florida homeowners need to be on the lookout for take-all root rot. This fungus naturally occurs on the roots of turf year-round in many lawns, but only becomes a problem with prolonged periods of rain or when a lawn is stressed. The initial symptoms appear on the roots, but you’re unlikely to notice them. If the turf is not being correctly watered, fertilized, or mowed, symptoms will begin to show above-ground as irregular yellow or light-green patches. Then the grass will begin to thin and die. By this time, the damage is done, so your best bet is prevention—avoid over watering and fertilizing too much or too often.
The best way to prevent disease is to maintain your lawn with proper mowing, watering, fertilizing and pest and disease control to ensure you have a strong, healthy, Florida-friendly lawn. At Patrick Exterminating, we adhere strictly to local ordinances prohibiting the use of fertilizers containing nitrogen and phosphorous in Martin & St. Lucie Counties to help protect our waterways (June 1 – Sept. 30). These laws are in place to limit fertilizer runoff during the summer rainy season that could contribute to harmful algae blooms; however, that doesn’t mean your lawn needs suffer. We have developed a highly effective micro-nutrient blend to feed your lawn without the use of nitrogen or phosphorous to keep your lawn green and healthy all summer long.
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