By Peter Nash

Lawn owners will be concerned with lawn diseases one time or another. Even well maintained lawns can have lawn diseases too. Lots of lawn diseases are difficult to identify and to distinguish. It is just like human diseases, it is hard to diagnose and even harder to treat correctly. Presence of spots, discolorations and circles in your lawn would give you a clue that your lawn has diseases.

Decreased level of nitrogen will result to a lawn disease called Dollar Spots. It looks like a small dollar sign and usually appears as brown or straw colored spots. Other factors that causes the development of Dollar Spots are overwatering, poor lawn drainage and low soil fertility. Red thread is a harmless lawn disease. If You lawn has Red thread, it is your cue to fertilize.

If your lawn is shaded and it has decreased nitrogen levels Rust lawn disease can develop. Brown Patch is another lawn disease that appears as circular patches that are brownish yellow in color. It is most likely to occur during extended periods of heat and humidity. Powdery Mildew another lawn disease causes the grass blade to have a white dust-like covering. Lawns that are shaded are commonly affected by this disease. Puffballs also known as Toadstools are fungi that will thrive if the lawn has increased dead grass underneath. Those are only some of the diseases suffered by lawns.

Good lawn care is the key to prevent lawn diseases. Well-aerated lawns with good drainage and circulation will have fewer moisture problems that invite disease. Mowing height maintenance will improve the lawn's ability to fight diseases. Fertilizer not only keeps your lawn healthy but it also aids in making the lawn free from diseases. Always remove thatch to lessen the growth of lawn diseases. Avoid watering your lawn at night since most diseases grow during this time.

It is necessary to regularly check the condition of your lawn if you want to maintain its healthy appearance. Effectiveness of fungicides is increased when applied to the lawn when wet. Fungicides will clear up most lawn disease, but regular use will result to fungicide-resistant lawns. As you can see, proper care for your lawn can reduce the occurrence of lawn diseases. By devoting some of your time and effort to know the good lawn care techniques, diseases that will mar the lawn's appearance will be prevented.If the grass is healthy development of lawn disease is prevented.

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