Can grass recover from fungus?

Grass is a beautiful part of any landscape, and it’s important to keep it healthy so that it can continue to beautify your property. One common problem that grass faces is fungus. Fungus can cause the grass to yellow, brown, or die altogether. In this guide, we will discuss how to identify signs of fungus on your grass, and we will also provide tips on how to treat the problem and help your grass recover.

Can grass recover from fungus?

Yes, but it depends on the type of fungus. Here are two common lawn fungi that can cause problems for home lawns during the summer months:

Brown Patch (Rhizoctonia solani)

This is a fungal disease that causes circular patches of turfgrass to turn brown. The patches vary in shape and size and can grow larger as the weather warms. Most turfgrasses are susceptible to brown patch, but St. Augustine grass is most susceptible.

Control begins with providing proper cultural care to prevent brown patch. The best time to control the brown patch is when it first appears.

Apply a fungicide once each week or two until conditions are no longer favorable for disease development. During years when conditions favor brown patches, repeat applications may be necessary.

Take-all Root Rot (Gaeumannomyces graminis var.)

This is a fungal disease that causes irregularly shaped patches of turfgrass to die out during late spring and early fall. Take-all root rot is most severe on tall fescue and perennial ryegrass, but can also occur on bentgrass, bermudagrass, and centipedegrass.

Tall fescue is more tolerant of take-all root rot than other turfgrasses, but all turfgrasses can be killed by the disease if conditions are favorable. The best time to control take-all root rot is in the fall, when the disease is first noticed.

Fungicides are available to control both brown patch and take-all root rot, but they must be applied before the disease becomes severe. Applying a fungicide once each week or two during periods of wet weather will help prevent these diseases from damaging your lawn.

What are the signs you should look for?

 

Brown patches on the turf

Brown patches are some of the most common signs of a fungal infection. When you start to see these patches, it is important to take action and treat the fungus as soon as possible.

Grass blades that are slimy or covered in a white film

If you notice that your grass blades are slimy or covered in a white film, this could be a sign of a fungal infection. In order to prevent the fungus from spreading, it is important to take action right away.

Reddish-purple areas on the turf

Another common sign of a fungal infection is reddish-purple areas on the turf. If you see these patches, it is crucial to address the issue as soon as possible. Ignoring the fungus can cause serious damage to your grass and could lead to a full-blown infection.

Thinning or dying grass

If your grass is thinning or dying, it is likely that you have a fungal infection. In order to save your lawn, it is important to take action right away.

Mushrooms or other signs of fungal growth

If you see mushrooms or any other signs of fungal growth, it is a clear indication that you have a fungal infection. If you notice any of these signs, it is important to take action right away.

How can you treat a fungal infection?

If you think your grass may have a fungal infection, there are several things you can do to treat it:

  • Apply fungicide to the affected areas
  • Remove any debris or leaves that may be blocking the sun’s rays from hitting the grass
  • Water the lawn regularly, making sure not to overwater it
  • Aerate the soil every few months

If you suspect that your lawn has a fungal disease, take action immediately. Remove any affected plants, rake up all the dead leaves and debris, and apply a fungicide to kill off the fungus. Be sure to water the area well after applying the fungicide. If you catch the disease early, you can often save your lawn. However, if the disease is left unchecked, it can quickly spread and cause serious damage.

When should you call a professional?

If you have tried to treat the fungus on your own but have not seen any improvement, it may be time to call in a professional. A certified lawn care specialist will be able to diagnose the issue and recommend a course of action. In some cases, you may need to replace part or all of your lawn.

Conclusion

If you are seeing any of the signs of a fungal infection, take action immediately. Ignoring the issue can lead to serious damage to your lawn. There are several things you can do on your own to treat the fungus, but in some cases you may need to call in a professional.