Tips on preventing spring lawn diseases.
Prevention is always easier than cure, and this also applies to preventing diseases in your lawn. With spring approaching, follow our basic guidelines to keep your lawn disease free this year.
Mow regularly and at the right height.
Your lawn will be more susceptible to disease and fungus if you mow your lawn too short. Many lawn owners tend to do this in an attempt to imitate perfectly manicured golf courses and bowling greens. However, the average lawn is much more hardwearing, designed to tolerate a range of problems including pets, children, drought, shade and neglect! The turf used on golf courses is usually developed using a specialised seed cultivar to produce grass that gives a smooth, lush surface, perfect for putting golf balls! To maintain your lawn and keep it disease free, cut it to 4-6cm in height, but never cut more than a third off the top of the grass.
Feed your lawn.
Feeding your lawn at least twice a year will make it strong and vigorous, keeping diseases at bay. Treat your lawn to a feed this spring with a fertiliser specially developed for this time of year, following the manufactures recommended dosing rates.
Most lawn diseases infect the grass when the grass blades are wet, so try to water the lawn only when absolutely necessary. Its better to water the lawn in the morning as the grass will have plenty of time to dry during the day. Avoid watering in the evening, as the grass will remain wet and damp all night, encouraging leaf diseases.