Spring lawn diseases
Excessive rainfall is often the cause of lawn diseases. Typically, lawn diseases are more likely to occur during the autumn and spring months due to the amount of rainfall we usually experience here in the UK. Find out what you can do to help prevent lawn diseases from occuring in your lawn, with advice from Essex turf grower and supplier, Paynes Turf.
There are a few different factors that could determine whether or not your lawn will be more likely to become prone to lawn diseases, including:
- If the lawn is repeatedly cut too short
- If the lawn is under fed
- If the lawn is often waterlogged
How you can help to prevent lawn diseases
1. Mow at the correct height
Mow your lawn at a height of around 4-6cm to help keep it free from disease. Many people fall into the trap of cutting the lawn far too short in order to keep it looking neat and tidy, but the upshot is that this will not only create bald patches, but could also leave the lawn open to disease and fungus. Mowing the lawn at this height will also keep it protected from the sun during the summer months.
2. Feed correctly
Always use the correct lawn feed for the time of year. Autumn lawn feed is high in phosphates and potash, and low in nitrogen; this is the ideal mix to prepare your lawn for the coming winter. Never use a spring fertiliser in the autumn as it contains high levels of nitrogen; this will encourage soft leaf growth, leaving the grass open to damage by frost. It could also leave the grass vulnerable to disease.
3. Water carefully
Most lawns should not require watering, except in the case of a very hot dry summer. The exception is when new turf has been laid – new turf may need to be watered every day for a couple of weeks, depending upon the time of year, and the current weather conditions. Find out more about when, and how much, to water your lawn here. If your lawn is prone to becoming waterlogged, it’s highly likely that lawn diseases will develop. With this in mind, find out how to ease problems associated with saturated lawns here.