When you’re admiring your well-maintained lawn, the last thing you want to notice is a lawn disease or fungal issue. At Sunday, we want to provide you with the ‘how-to’ to get your lawn disease under control, including preventative practices and potential treatment options you can try. Get the low down on lawn disease and find out if Sunday’s chelated iron product can help.
Managing lawn disease can sound overwhelming. While there are some lawn diseases that are very difficult to diagnose (e.g. root diseases), leaf diseases are more readily identified and solvable with the right treatment.
Common foliar diseases in turfgrass:
Lawn disease appears when a fungus (or fungi) is present, environmental conditions weaken your lawn, and grass is susceptible and likely already stressed from other issues (soil compaction, heat, weeds, pests, other fungi). Adjusting your normal lawn care habits is key to getting fungal issues under control. There are three main aspects of care that you’ll need to consider or fix immediately.
Adjust watering practices. First things, first. Your lawn’s watering schedule should be adjusted and fixed immediately when a foliar leaf disease is detected. At a minimum, this will halt the spread of the issue and allow you to reset watering to a cadence suited for your region, current weather, and specific lawn characteristics (drainage, grass type, etc.).
Wait for the right conditions. Fungal issues shouldn’t be removed or repaired during poor climatic conditions like high temperatures and heat stress. This will likely only exacerbate the problem. We recommend waiting for the fall when conditions are more favorable for repairing the lawn.
Know all existing turf issues. Other existing turf problems will make disease problems worse, especially other foliar diseases. Take on IPM for lawn disease: make a checklist of current lawn issues and appropriately identify the fungal disease in your lawn so you can properly address the problem.
Do everything you can to dry it out
Sunday ProTip: Allowing your lawn to dry and recover between waterings is the most valuable thing you can do to mend fungal issues.
Seeding for repair
Chelated Iron products may help mend lawn disease issues and you can try to apply Sunday’s Dandelion Doom on foliar diseases (like pink snow mold, dollar spot, and rust).
What can Dandelion Doom be used on:
Controls or suppresses diseases such as but not limited to*:
*Not currently registered for this disease in California
While we can recommend trying Dandelion Doom on lawn disease, we would not recommend applying Sunday fertilizer on foliar disease until you get the disease under control.
Sunday Disclaimer: Dandelion Doom is not approved for this use in California. Please see California label for all approved use.
Influence of Ferrous Sulfate and Its Elemental Components on Dollar Spot Suppression. McCall, D.S., Et al.