As if you didn’t already have enough on your plate in 2020, Mother Nature has not taken a break from her usual tricks. Homeowners, golf course superintendents, and sports field managers alike will still have a plethora of challenges to face when managing turfgrass. One such issue for turfgrass is fungal disease. It can be caused by compacted soil, overwatering, drought, weather conditions, or even improper mowing or fertilization.

It may be hard for the average homeowner to identify and treat fungal diseases, but these are common issues for turfgrass. These include dollar spot, brown patch, red thread, summer patch… the list could go on. While there are appropriate fungicidal treatments, the best approach is proper turfgrass management to prevent these diseases. Following such steps as aeration, topdressing, dethatching, fertilization and watering as indicated by your grass type and environmental factors is the first defense against development of fungal disease.

If you see symptoms such as yellow, white or brown patches that grow in diameter; patches of thin or discolored grass; gray, black or pink powdery coatings on grass blades; or wet, slimy-looking grass, you may need to consult your lawncare professional or your local extension office to diagnose and create a treatment plan.