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A number of diseases can affect lawn grasses. Disease-causing fungi are almost always present in the soil, waiting for a time when conditions are right to attack. The most common times are when your lawn is under stress. Examples of environmental stress are excessively wet or dry weather and exceptionally hot or unseasonably cool temperatures.
As well as reacting to weather conditions, lawn diseases can also indicate soil problems. Any part of a lawn can be affected. Slopes, depressions, high traffic and shady areas are all vulnerable.
Mowing too short or watering too much or too little, thatch and compacted soils all increase the chances of disease in your lawn.
Diseases often start as yellow, tan or brown areas of varying sizes in the lawn. Before you assume you have a lawn disease, make sure it isn't something else. Injury, stress or deficiencies can produce similar symptoms and also set the stage for infection. These are often things that you can control, so it's wise to recognize and remedy these situations.
To help you identify whether the problem is injury, stress or a deficiency, we have listed some examples and solutions below.
Note: These problems are applicable to all turf grasses in many cases Eco-Lawn will not be susceptible to these diseases.