Watering And Fungus
No lawn care company, pest control service or agronomic program can guarantee your turf will not get fungus. We do however treat all active diseases with fungicide as part of our program. We are doing our best to help prevent and treat fungus this time of year, but we need your help!
Fungus does so well in the Fall and Winter because the conditions are favorable for it, mostly due to cooler temperatures and moisture. That is why no one can guarantee control. We have no control of the temperatures and rain but we can make sure we are not over watering. We have a lot of customers watering as little as once every 10-14 days or only as needed; manually cutting on their irrigation systems only when needed (when grass blades are visibly showing signs of drought by folding lengthwise like a book). Ideally, this is the best way to water your lawn and landscape year around. If you set your irrigation system to run on “auto” a certain number of times per week, you will likely encounter weed and disease issues. Rain and the weather does not work on a fixed schedule. Excessive weed growth and lawn diseases are directly tied to too much water. Your turf and landscape will require some water at this time of year but periodic rain showers and dew will typically add enough moisture to keep it healthy. If you are watering more than once a week at this time of year, you are probably over watering. Please do not water at all during the evenings. The gass stays wet over night and encourages fungal development. The best time to water is in the early morning hours so that the grass has time to dry out some before nightfall.
If a fungus condition does develop in your lawn, we will treat it accordingly, sometimes returning for a follow up visit. Unfortunately, you don’t know its there until you see the damage. Fungicides are designed to stop the spread of the fungus. Because the turf growth is slow at this time of year, damaged areas generally do not correct themselves or grow out until the arrival of warmer temperatures in the Spring.
Remember, these are general recommendations for established turf. New sod or other plantings will require isolated watering to those specific areas until they are firmly rooted.
If you have any questions, please contact us at 904-880-5842 .. . and . if you have a chance, tell a friend or neighbor about us and receive a credit on your next service! Your referrals are very much appreciated.
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February 19, 2019
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