on May 2, 2013 by TruGreenDollar spot, a lawn disease that affects a wide range of turfgrasses throughout most of the year, is a particularly insidious lawn fungus that can make your beloved turf look like an unsightly patchwork. Here’s what you need to know about dollar spot, and how a TruGreen® PhD-certified specialist can help you regain a lawn you’ll love.
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- Water deeply but infrequently. During times when the climate conditions promote the growth of dollar spot, be sure to water intermittently, but leave the sprinkler on for at least a couple of hours to simulate a deep, drenching rainfall.
- Mow properly. Successful mowing practices that stimulate healthy growth vary based on your type of turf and whether you’ve overseeded with more than one grass type. Talk with your TruGreen® certified specialist about the proper mowing schedule for your unique yard to be sure your mowing routine is helping—and not hurting—your lawn.
- Aerate your lawn. Since dollar spot often occurs on thatched, drought-stressed lawns, lawn aeration can be an effective way to control thatch and improve moisture penetration in your lawn.
If your lawn does develop dollar spot, there are products that can be applied to minimize the spread of this patchy brown lawn disease. However, in most cases, adequate fertilization (without over-fertilization) can help your grass outgrow dollar spot. A TruGreen expert can help you decide how to tackle the problem so your turf recovers to be the lawn you love once again.
To protect against or identify dollar spot lawn disease, call 866.688.6722. You can also browse our website at TruGreen.com to find out how to protect your yard year-round with industry-leading lawn disease control.