How to prevent spring lawn diseases

Spring usually brings a burst of warmth as a welcome relief from the cold winter months, however it generally brings more rainfall, which could lead to spring lawn diseases. In addition, if your lawn is often cut too short, is over or under fed, or repeatedly waterlogged, this could also encourage disease. Find out how to help prevent spring lawn diseases with advice and tips from Paynes Turf.How to prevent spring lawn diseases Paynes Turf

Mow at the correct height

If you mow the lawn too short the grass plants will be more susceptible to disease and fungus. Many people love to see their lawn cut very short to keep it looking neat and tidy, but cutting it too short will not only leave it open to disease, it could also create ugly bald patches.

Mow your lawn at a height of around 4-6cm to keep it well maintained and free from disease. Always remember to follow the golden rule of mowing, however, and never cut off more than a third off the top of the grass.

Feed correctly

Prevention is always better than cure, and so maintaining a regular lawn feeding programme twice a year will allow the grass to grow strong and vigorous, keeping spring lawn diseases away. Feed your lawn this spring with a spring fertiliser then feed again in October with an autumn fertiliser to keep your lawn healthy and disease-free.

Water carefully

A waterlogged lawn could encourage the onset of spring lawn diseases. If the weather is dry and you feel that you should water your lawn, water it sparingly and only when absolutely necessary. If you must water the lawn, try to water it in the morning so that the water has a chance to evaporate during the day. Lawns that are watered during the evening have a greater chance of encouraging lawn diseases because the grass remains damp throughout the night.