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A common mistake is to water shallow and frequently. It is better to water infrequently but deeply (6-8 inches) as needed. Grass needing water becomes dull color and the blades will fold. Less frequent watering reduces fungal development and produces a stronger, deeper root system. The turf varieties we use in Austin, Tx are warm-season grasses and primarily grow from April through October. Your lawn will use less water during the fall and winter months as it goes dormant.
Don’t expect your grass to stay green and growing from November through February just by watering more. If you have an irrigation system, it needs to be reprogrammed to reduce watering for the winter. Also, water early in the morning to allow the grass to dry before noon. Evening waterings increase the humidity and moisture level and encourages fungal root rot. Proper fertilization will keep grass strong and healthy. A fall fertilization with a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer is encouraged. Fertilize with a “winterizer” (50-70% slow release nitrogen) before mid November.
Rake your lawn to remove diseased grass blades and accumulated thatch as soon as you see dying grass to allow air circulation and reduce humidity at the soil level. It also loosens the soil surface and allows for better penetration of chemicals. Fungicide applications should be considered where take-all root rot is present. Fall applications as symptoms first appear have proven to slow the fungus. Fungicides that are labeled for control of these diseases or that have shown promise include: Banner Maxx, Heritage, Patchwork, Rubigan A.S., or Twosome Flowable. Waiting until you have large areas of fungal outbreaks is too late to use the fungicide. Follow directions when applying any chemical. Note that these products should not be applied during high temperatures. Fungicides should be applied in a high volume of water so the fungicide dries on the leaves and can move down into the root zone. Making two or three applications at three-to-four week intervals may also increase effectiveness.
Circular patches up to 2 ft. diameter; light-brown to straw colored; may form a ring as result of turf recovery in center or invasion of off-type species; patches grow after few years; yellowing of leaves with often die; turf becomes thin as roots, nodes and stolons become infected and die; roots become rotted so damaged stolons easily pulled from the ground, similar to white grub damage; regrowth very slow; during summer months, weakened infected turf will continue to decline.
Major hosts: Bent, Bermuda, St. Augustine
Others: Zoysia, Centipede, Blue, Fine Fescues, Perennial Rye
Real Green’s lawn service is customized to your lawn with professional grade products and fight the tough, drought related weeds, lawn-damaging bugs and disease while providing a nutrient-rich diet and water saving products to thicken and green up your lawn. No more messy fertilizer and chemical storage. No more concerns about burning your yard. You water and mow, we’ll do the rest.
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