When Should I Apply a Fungicide to My Lawn?
Fungicides can be very helpful in treating or preventing lawn diseases. However, it’s not as simple as just choosing any fungicide product and spraying it on your grass. You need to select the right product for your needs and properly time your application to get the best results. To do so, you need to know a little more about different fungicide products and when they’re most effective.
When to Use Curative Fungicides
Curative fungicides are meant to treat active fungal growth. If your lawn is already being affected by fungus, then this is the type of treatment you need. Some signs that your grass has a fungal problem include:
- Discoloration: Look for areas of your lawn that have discolored grass. Fungal diseases can cause patches or streaks of yellow, brown, or even grayish grass.
- Irregular patterns: Many lawn fungi create circular or irregular patterns of affected grass. These patches may range in size from a few inches to several feet in diameter.
- Visible growth: In some cases, you may see visible fungal growth on the grass blades or soil. This can include mold-like substances, powdery substances, or slimy growth.
- Thinning or wilting grass: Fungal infections can cause grass to become thin and wilted. Affected areas may feel spongy or mushy when walked on.
- Smell: Some lawn fungal infections, particularly those that result in rot or decay, may emit a foul or musty odor. If you notice an unpleasant smell in your lawn, it could be a sign of a fungal issue.
It’s helpful to note that some of these symptoms could be a sign of a different health problem with your turf. Before applying a curative fungicide treatment, we recommend working with a licensed lawn care professional.
Experts can assist you in identifying the underlying issues affecting the health of your lawn and guide you in selecting a suitable product for your specific needs. They can also provide support with the application process, ensuring that your lawn receives the necessary care to recover and thrive.
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Preventative fungicides are designed to make your lawn inhospitable to different fungi. Applying this to a healthy lawn can stave off fungal growth and prevent disease, especially if you also use natural preventative measures like reducing moisture. That said, it’s important to avoid applying a preventative fungicide if your lawn is:
- Too damp
If you want to keep your landscape fungus-free year-round, it’s always best to work with an expert. Local lawn care professionals know exactly how to prevent fungal infections and other diseases that frequently plague our community. They can help you select the right treatment for your grass type, property layout, and more.