TruGreen Lawn Care is a popular lawn care company that works with households in Memphis and the surrounding area. They also work closely with their clients to make sure they can recognize any of the problems that can occur. Specifically, if there are extreme weather changes, or if people don’t look after their lawn properly, it is common for fungi to start to grow out of control and to cause all sorts of diseases. TruGreen LawnCare now wants to help people recognize these, so they know when they need to take some action.
Top Lawn Diseases in Memphis
- The dollar spot, which shows up as tan or brown spots and they are as big as a silver dollar. If sod if fed during fall and spring with light nitrogen, and grass clippings that have been infected are removed, then this problem should be resolved.
- Red thread, whereby an area of grass starts to turn pink or rust-colored. This is commonly seen in humid, cool climates. Again, fertilization should take part in fall and spring, with lime added as and when needed. Drainage should also be improved.
- Brown patches, which are usually perfectly circular. First, the grass starts to look as if it is waterlogged, after which is dries up. This can be combatting with the slow release of nitrogen during spring. Drainage should be improved and infected clippings have to be removed.
- Powdery mildew, which causes blades to go gray or white, eventually turning yellow and wilting completely. This is an aggressive disease that will attack other grass as well. It likes shady areas, so excess shade should be removed. The lawn should be aerated and be careful to not over-fertilize or over-water.
- Rust, whereby rust bubbles appear on the blades. A weekly mow should resolve this if all infected clippings are removed.
- Cottony blight (Pythium blight), which makes the grass looks very grease, with the outer areas looking black and covered with gray or white mildew. This can be resolved through proper aeration, not over-fertilizing the area, and reducing nitrogen.
- Snow mold, which causes pink or white spots in spring. Mowing the lawn short in fall and leaving the clippings in place, and not fertilizing after the middle of summer and making sure you have good drainage, can resolve this.
- Fusarium blight, whereby red brown rings start to appear around pieces of grass. This usually happens when there is a drought. Make sure you water your lawn properly and reseed it where needed.
- Stripe smut, whereby the blades of grass start to look striped. When opened, black powder comes out and the grass starts to wilt. Aeration is key to resolving this, while also making sure to not over-water.
- Slime molds, whereby patches of yellow, gray, or white slime appear. Once dry, it turns black, yellow, or grey. Regular aeration and thatch removal, while leaving the grass as short as possible is the way to resolve this.