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. Have a look at our "When To Water" page for some great advice.
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.
As a bit of a side note here, that's why you want to be careful not to take the lawn mower to mushrooms growing on your lawn. You'll encourage the spread of the spores and then of course, you'll have an even larger crop of mushroom plants.
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 effective.
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 Corngluten meal. You can even make a simple tea with it. Just don't drink it! Here's the recipe as follows:
Simply soak the meal filled stocking in the water for atleast 1/2 hour. Spray the tea directly on the fungus.
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Corngluten Meal makes an excellent organic fungicide.