Rust usually occurs in August and September. The rust colored spores of the fungus easily rubs off on shoes, fingers, clothing and lawn equipment. Lawns can take on a yellow/orange appearance and is more prevalent during hot and dry weather.
What Will Happen To My Lawn?
Rust that is not quickly remedied can thin and damage good turf. Rust is not a disease that will kill your lawn, but it will weaken the lawn and damage it. When rust is very severe, the grass blades turn yellow, wither and die. Rust can also weaken the lawn enough to make it more susceptible to winter injury and snow mold.
What Can I Do?
Regular fertilization, frequent mowing and bagging clippings are preventive measures. Once your lawn is affected, additional fertilizer may help grow it out. Do not water the lawn in the late afternoon or evening. Clean your lawn mower blades, wheels and undercarriage completely after mowing affected turf to keep from spreading to non-affected areas. Provide good soil drainage. Do not allow thatch levels to accumulate. Fungicides are not usually necessary. However, if you cannot control rust culturally, a fungicide spray will help prevent the further spread of this disease. Some local hardware stores carry fungicides that can treat Rust. Be sure to read the label and apply according to the directions. Depending on the severity of the disease, more than one fungicide application may be required.
How Can Natural Way Help?
We have trained, certified professionals who are used to dealing with Rust and other problems. We can aerate your lawn to help with drainage and thatch management. Natural Way can also treat you lawn with a fungicide that will control Rust and minimize overall damage.