lawn root rot - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by dleggett1
February 6, 2009
i have a continuing problem with some type of rot rot in my lawn in sunny areas only. I thought fungus was only in damp areas. any suggestion on how to get rid of this


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Answer from NGA
February 6, 2009

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A healthy lawn (like most plant life) is able to fight off enemies such as fungi, weeds, soil and insect pests. Keeping your turf grass cut at the correct height and applying water at proper times will go a long way in fighting off lawn pests. Most plant diseases thrive under certain conditions that include moisture and temperature, which is why you will see brown patch, dollar spot and other diseases appear during certain seasons. Watering at night is one of the practices that should be avoided. Start your lawn watering in early morning hours. This will give your grass better drying times. The practice of watering turf grass just a little amount every day should also be avoided. This only creates weak surface roots (and a weaker plant that cannot fight off lawn pests) and keeps your turf wet too often - begging a potential lawn fungus to attack the grass. Both Daconil and Bayleton are good fungicides. Apply according to label directions and change the watering schedule for your lawn and you should be rid of the fungal disease.

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