Cooler temperatures and increased rainfall multiply the chances of disease problems in local lawns. Bermuda, zoysia and St. Augustine grasses can be susceptible to fungal diseases if the following conditions are present: overwatering or high soil moisture, high soil pH, poor soil fertility or improper mowing height.
Let’s take a look at the common fungal turf diseases that are possible in San Antonio.
Fungal diseases are usually the result of high moisture and humidity combined with cooler temperatures. Reducing the amount of water applied to the lawn, utilizing core aeration to reduce compaction and proper fertilization of the soil can help you reduce the chances of fungal diseases in your turf.
For green healthy lawns, always follow the dictum, “Less is best.” Less water, less fertilizer and less compaction.
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Nathan Riggs is a SAWS project coordinator who also happens to have a degree in entomology from Texas A&M University. Yes, Nathan’s a bug expert, and not just on water bugs! When he’s not hard at work on SAWS conservation projects, he enjoys a wide variety of interests including: landscaping, hiking, photography of flowers, insects and other critters, and planning his next adventure with his son, John, and daughter, Olivia.
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