Lawn disease?

 

Basically, a lawn is an area of short, beautiful, mown grass in a yard or a garden. It is so natural that a well- tended lawn is an encouraging thing to any gardener, but as compared to any planting it can experience a lot of challenges. For example, grasshoppers which are known as chewing insects may attack the glass blades. Also, burrowing critters like gophers, may interfere with the grass roots and cause green tops to die. It is not difficult to point out lawn patches that are dying. It is often a challenge, to know what is causing the problem and how to eradicate it. Have look at some of the lawn problems and their cure.

DANDELIONS:
This is a widely spread weed of the daisy family. It can grow anywhere, though, it does best in sunny and moist areas. One thing with dandelion it has a well-immersed root structure. If left unattended for some years it can suffocate nearby grasses and plants. In addition to that, its seeds sprout anywhere they fall.
Control:
Dandelions do have a two- year life cycle to mature. So when they sprout the first, year get a weeding- folk and dig them out from the root. If you happen to miss some and they flower, do not hesitate to dig them out again before they reach the seed stage. If they are already in seed stage, and they are spreading their progeny. You will have to start the process of digging everything out of the garden and planting the grass again.

DEW WORMS:
They are also known as night crawlers. This is because they are most active at night though they do appear and crawl about during the wet and rainy season. Disadvantages with dew worms are that during rainy or after watering the lawn they excrete on the lawns. Making the lawns, uncomfortable to walk upon and also to mow. The excrete also leave the lawn surface bumpy and uneven.
Control:
• Ensuring your lawn has a high amount of organic matter.
• Apply the law of sand. This is because it irritates the body of the dew worm; you can apply thin layers of it in the entire lawn.
• Make sure to maintain even and deep soil moisture. You can achieve that by applying two to five centimeter  every 7 to 10 or so days.
• Using lower pH may discourage the dew worms. To achieve that you can use Turf Revolution pH Degreaser on your lawn using a fertilizer spreader.
• Lawns should be well aerated.

CHINCH BUGS:
These are lawn pests that smell awful when you crush them. Most of the times in dry conditions they do make yellow or brown patches on your lawn.
Control:
• Water well your lawn three to four weeks which can help to keep them under control. This is because Chinch bugs love hot dry weather.
• It is correct to say that all lawn needs some thatch to insulate the soil from very high temperature. But if it becomes too thick it gives chinch bugs shelter. So you need to keep the right amount of thatch on your lawn to discourage the increase of chinch bugs.
• Insecticidal soaps and diatomaceous earth can also be applied to eradicate Chinch bugs though they are chemicals.

LAWN PATCHES:
Patches on lawns have many causes. They do spoil the physical appearance of the lawn. Let’s have a look at some of the causes and their remedies.
Sign                : Patches that appear random and irregular
Cause             : Possible spillage of the oil or petrol on the lawn surface.
Solution         : Avoid overfilling petrol or oil on the vehicle tank while on the lawn.


Sign                : Stripes and patches that appear after you apply weed killer or moss killer
Cause             : Overdose of the weed killer or moss killer
Solution         : Be careful, and use a calibrated equipment to apply.


Sign                : Brown patches appearing after you feed the lawn
Cause             : You have overdosed the fertilizer
Solution         : Ensure the equipment you are using is calibrated, spread the fertilizer evenly and water the lawn immediately after feeding the fertilizer.


Sign                : Bright green margins which are circular on your lawn surface and dogs have access to it.
Cause             : Urine of a female dog and can cause damage to your grass.
Solution         : Just water the affected areas as soon as possible.

In conclusion, it is good to maintain a healthy lawn. And you can do it generally by:
  •  Test your soil pH.  so as not to be in the risk of fungal diseases.
  •  Mowing is recommended when the grass is at least 3 inches tall and this will encourage to the grass to have deep roots.
  •  Do not provide the lawn with excess water, so that it can search its own source of water, thereby, grass developing longer roots.

  

 

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