As we prepare to move past the coolest part of the winter, your lawn is also preparing to come out of its brief winter dormancy. That means now is the time to be on the lookout for any evolving issues that may affect your lawn and hinder it from growing fast and healthy as the weather warms up.
In the early spring in Northwest Florida, your lawn often experiences cool temperatures overnight and wet, humid, and warmer temperatures during the day. Here are two major issues that should be at the top of your list:
Fungus and other lawn diseases
With your lawn waking up for the spring and being bombarded with warmer, wetter days, it’s prime time for it to fall victim to fungal issues and other common lawn diseases.
In our area, the “big three” are:
- Pythium Blight – A fast-spreading fungal disease that presents initially as small, circular patches of collapsed, water-soaked leaves and stems on close-mown turf.
- Brown patch or Large patch – A fungal disease that may show up as a gray-purple ring up to 20 inches in diameter.
These three diseases can even affect grass during the colder months when grass is dormant. As the weather warms up, other diseases can arise:
- Dollar Spot – This fungal disease creates small silver dollar-size spots where the grass is leveled down to the roots. Although generally small, these spots can appear all over the lawn.
- Leaf Spot – A fungal disease that creates tiny lesions on grass that look like cigarette burns, and can progress to large patches of brown and wilted turf.
- Fairy Ring – A fungal outbreak in the soil beneath the grass. It can create dark rings from several inches to 20 feet in diameter. Sometimes mushrooms will grow along the outer edge of the ring.
- Rust – Rust causes grass to yellow and then to progress to a bright orange color. Blades can droop toward the ground and appear shredded.
A strong, healthy lawn is the best defense against these diseases, but there are other interventions to use to make sure these diseases don’t rob you of a beautiful yard this spring.
Professional pest management and regular care by a professional Pensacola lawn care company can keep your lawn healthy and help keep these diseases at bay. For a full list of the most common lawn diseases affecting Pensacola, click here.
Warm weather weeds
The second issue to be aware of as winter changes to spring is the emergence of warm weather weeds.
Many weeds are strong enough to survive a cold winter and begin vying for space in your lawn immediately as spring begins. If you had weeds last season, there's a good chance they will be present again when the weather warms.
It's important to effectively identify and strategically attack warm weather weeds as early as possible so your lawn has the best chance to remain healthy in the spring growing season.
To accomplish this, we recommend reading our recent free guidebook, War on Weeds.
To help you diagnose and treat lawn diseases and manage weeds this spring, contact us to set up a free lawn evaluation.