Treating lawn diseases with organic fungicide or making your own homemade fungicide will get you on your way to a disease free lawn.
Once you've diagnosed the problem accurately, you'll also need to know
that turf grass diseases aren't always the same from year to year. Some
years will be more severe than others.
Lawn care practices using natural fungicides will be affected by weather conditions each year as well. Some diseases are only active in certain seasons, while others can strike at any given time.
Poor lawn care maintenance and practices, such as improper watering, can contribute significantly to all kinds of lawn fungal disease. Knowing when to water is key to healthy lawn maintenance.
Fungal diseases are often spread by zoospores that are transported from one plant to another and from lawn to lawn. (They're really not little zoo animals at all!) Fungi grow in the infected plants and are able to penetrate the plant and reproduce rapidly. This makes them hard to reach.
There are many good quality organic fungicides available
in the marketplace. They may be categorized as being either contact -
where they work on the outside of the plant, or systemic - where the
fungicide works from inside the plants and are usually the most
Before buying any turf disease product, Jim and I recommend that you read the label carefully to know what directions to follow and if the particular product will control your specific fungus disease type.
We did ask if you wanted to learn how to make your own natural fungicide.
Here's an easy little recipe to try.
Mix well and spray the affected plants and turf blades. Give it a good shake from time to time to keep it well mixed.
Another excellent fungal disease control is Corn gluten meal. You can even make a simple tea with it. Just don't drink it!
Here's the recipe:
Corn Gluten Tea
Simply soak the meal filled stocking in the water for atleast 1/2 hour. Spray the tea directly on the fungus.
Corngluten Meal makes an excellent organic fungicide.