Dollar Spot Disease – A Blue Grass Disease
Dollar spot disease has been identified in your lawn. Read below an explanation about this disease.
No known cure exists for dollar spot disease. No magic treatment will make it go away. Steps that you can take to contain the disease are outlined below. Short term and long term steps are provided to minimize the disease. Dollar spot disease (fungal spores) lives in the soil and in the thatch layer.
Dollar Spot disease is prevalent when temperatures are warm and humid. Wet periods when extended makes the situation worse. Wet conditions are caused by a wet summer or improper irrigation. Proper irrigation techniques listed on your customer portal at http://www.biogreenohio.com.
Dollar spot disease is a cosmetic disease. Be careful and know there are other diseases that are similar in appearance that are not cosmetic. Contact a trained professional to diagnose. Dollar spot disease is unsightly and will spread as prolonged wetness continues.
Fungicide treatments, as stated above, contain the disease and prevent it from spreading. During ideal disease conditions, golf course will treat their turf every 7-10 days.
Attacking from a preventative mode, Bio Green Ohio offers a program that applies fungicides three times during heavy disease pressure times. More treatments can be added depending on the expectation of the homeowner.
Fungicides can be purchased at a retail store for you to apply. Fungicides are sold in liquid or granular form can either be contact, translaminar or systemic.
Rotate products (active fungicide ingredient) to prevent resistance build up. Resistance build up is less when fungicide is used in a prevention mode versus “treatment” after disease is active.
Disease on my neighbors lawn, but not the other, why is this? Conditions such as the sod farm, construction and grading of your new home, and cultural issues may be in play. Dollar spot disease seems to be much more prevalent in sunny areas in your lawn.
Closing thoughts. Lawns that have been identified with the disease, first evaluate your cultural conditions. Mowing and watering properly is key.
Consider core aeration, de-thatching, or slit seeding. Seeding in the fall with a more disease resistant hybrid bluegrass seed will help to combat the disease.
Fungicide treatments and managed nitrogen will help. Sign up for a preventative fungicide program. Bio Green Ohio’s website has more information at http://www.biogreenohio.com