Is this a rust fungus problem? - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by whizkid30084
June 5, 2010
Our lawn has dying grass in a very irregular pattern (as if someone had splashed a chemical all over the area). It turned a rusty color before dying completely. The area is near two drainage pipes from another level of our yard, so it does get fairly wet when there is a good rain. If this is indeed rust, is there a natural/nontoxic way to treat it, such as a copper soap?

Answer from NGA
June 5, 2010
Rust is a fairly common lawn disease that is caused by a fungus. Rust does not generally kill your entire lawn, but it does make your lawn look terrible for a while. Rust spores are also easily tracked into homes and onto carpets creating a stain. Rust is not harmful to either animals or humans. However, try to keep animals and children from walking through infected areas to prevent the spread of this disease. You can control rust with either Bayleton (Greenlight Fungaway or Bonide Fungonil) or Daconil (Fertilome Lawn & Garden Fungicide) fungicide. Best wishes with your lawn.

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