Winter Lawn Diseases To Watch Out For

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Ohio winters can be picturesque. The snowfall looks like a lovely postcard. Unfortunately, that same snow can trap excess moisture that causes lawn diseases. Below are a few of the most common Ohio lawn diseases to watch out for as the winter season approaches spring. Early detection will help you treat the problem, so your yard thrives in spring.

Dollar Spot

While this lawn disease can strike any time of the year, cool, wet winters are when Dollar Spot thrives. This disease takes its name because the sunken circles of straw-colored grass it produces are approximately the size of a silver dollar coin. However, this fungus will expand and grow if left untreated until all the smaller spots merge, forming large, ugly patches of diseased grass.

Fairy Rings

Common symptoms of Fairy Rings in your lawn include large circles of dark green or dying grass. Around those rings are another layer. You may find a ring of mushrooms in one of the circles, so this problem is called Fairy Rings. Unfortunately, like fairies, this disease is tricksy. The affected area becomes water repellant or “hydrophobic,” which means watering the dead grass will not affect. If untreated, Fairy Rings will return stronger each season. Aeration is the key, like with many other fungal infections, because it allows water to penetrate this hydrophobic layer and get to the grass’s roots.

Brown Patch

As you might have surmised, Brown Patch creates large, brown patches of grass in lawns. Unlike other types of lawn diseases, Brown Patch affects all kinds of grass types. It appears as irregular-shaped brown patches of thinning grass. Over time, your lawn becomes thinner and weaker. The immune system suffers, causing your lawn to be more open to attacks from pests, weeds, and other diseases. As temperatures warm up and the weather stays consistently wet, the likelihood of developing brown patch increases. Early detection and quick action can help resolve the issue.

Large Patch

Similar to brown patch, Large Patch is a quick-spreading lawn disease that can cause significant problems to your lawn. The difference between Brown Patch and Large Patch, besides the size of the patch, is that large patch only affects warm-season grasses. (So only our Florida customers have to watch out for this one!) Zoysiagrass, St. Augustine grass, and centipedegrass are all under threat from Large Patch. Appearing as large swathes of thinning, brown grass, a Large Patch can get huge. Typically, a Large Patch can have a diameter around 3 feet but can get as large as 25 feet! In the spring, a Large Patch can be a real menace to warm-season lawns. Watch out for the telltale signs when nighttime temperatures are over 55 degrees. Be especially vigilant after extended periods of wet weather and heavy dew.

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