Tackle Common Lawn Diseases with Nutri-Lawn

Is your lawn suffering from a serious case of the spots? Spotty, yellowing grass is a common symptom of many lawn diseases, which makes it hard to diagnose and confusing to treat. Luckily, the lawn care and irrigation specialists at Nutri-Lawn have the tools to help you properly identify and treat reoccurring lawn issues. From spring moulds to not-so-whimsical fairy rings, the lawn care experts at Nutri-Lawn Ottawa are always ready to help.

The following diseases are the ones most commonly found on residential lawns throughout the Ottawa area:

1) Necrotic Ring Spots
Wilted, bluish grass is a common symptom of necrotic ring spots. Necrotic ring spots begin to take shape in the early spring during periods of increased moisture. Unfortunately, symptoms of this lawn disease don't become visible until later in the summer when the ground dries out and the damage is already done.

In order to revive your lawn, the Nutri-Lawn lawn care experts recommend tackling the problem with light and frequent watering treatments. If you have a residential sprinkler system from Nutri-Lawn, simply update your schedule to accommodate this change. During the fall, make sure you aerate and overseed the affected area in order to prepare for the following spring. Finally, don't forget to remove any excess thatch in the fall. When thatch becomes covered by snow it becomes a breeding ground for various types of fungi.

2) Snow Moulds
Snow moulds, as the name implies, take shape in the winter months. Symptoms of this common Ottawa lawn disease are most prevalent in the spring, directly following the snow melt. Signs of snow mould include circular or irregular straw-coloured patches that are topped by fluffy grey or pink mould spores. Damage is most prevalent in areas where snow persists longer in the spring (the space next to sidewalks and driveways are usually the first to show signs of mould growth).

In order to prevent this mould from spreading, the residential sprinkler system installers at Nutri-Lawn recommend raking the affected turf area as soon as the snow has melted. This will encourage the area to dry faster and will help protect against the spread of mould. Continue taking preventative measures during the fall by cutting your grass on a slightly lower setting. This will make it more difficult for the mould spores to form beneath snow.

3) Fairy Rings
Even though they sound whimsical, fairy rings are actually quite frustrating. Composed of white mushrooms, these rings appear in areas where the soil has low fertility and inadequate moisture.

The best way to manage fairy rings is with water. Once you've removed the mushrooms from the affected area, cultivate it thoroughly, and then drench it with your residential sprinkler system. This will help stimulate the micro organisms and improve the biology of the soil.

Many common lawn diseases can be overcome – all it takes is a little knowledge and advice from the experts at Nutri-Lawn. For more information on common lawn disease treatments call 613-699-0768. You can also book a complimentary lawn care consultation with one of our irrigation and lawn care specialists using out convenient online form.