Once an outbreak of lawn disease has occurred in our Buffalo grass lawns, the very best methods to begin treating it are also the best methods for prevention. So if you haven't already been following these cultural management practices to reduce lawn fungus outbreaks, then it's time to start right now with a simple year round lawn care program.
To put lawn fungus and how to treat it into perspective lets take a quick moment to look at the optimum growing environment for any type of fungus…
Fungus diseases love excess moisture, darkness, warmth and humidity, it's here that they will thrive, flourish and multiply while under these perfect conditions.
Therefore, the enemy of fungal disease will be light and dryness. So to make our lawns more resistant to and more able to fight fungal infections, we need to remove the environmental conditions which promotes fungal growth.
And these are the best ways to achieve this…
Prune back surrounding trees and bushes to increase direct sunlight levels to any lawn areas affected. This will aid in reduction of lawn fungus infections by increasing direct sunlight, increasing lawn health to fight infections and evaporating excess water which may be present in the thatch layer.
Watering in the Shade
A shaded area of Buffalo turf will not require as much water as a lawn in full sun. Try to reduce watering times to any areas of the Buffalo lawn which are subject to more shade than the rest of the Buffalo grass lawn. A low flow sprinkler may be the best option in these areas.
Wetting Agents will allow greater free flowing of water in all lawn soils, this will ensure excess water is not trapped in the topsoil of the Buffalo turf.
Controlling thatch in Buffalo lawns is important for many reasons, and this includes for the purpose of controlling lawn fungus diseases. This is because the thatch layer in Buffalo can become quite thick if left uncontrolled, and this increased thatch layer is a perfect breeding ground for lawn disease.
Regular lawn mowing will keep the lawn in good health, as well as aid in controlling the thatch layer, and both these attributes will greatly help the lawn both resist and control the establishment of lawn fungus diseases.
Regular Buffalo lawn aeration will greatly aid the soil in supplying free flowing oxygen and water to the roots of the lawn, which creates better lawn health. Lawn aeration will also help to prevent excess moisture build-up in the topsoil, and this deprives any lawn disease from it's most preferred growing conditions.
Lawn coring is the very best form of aerating all lawn types, and when undertaken on a Buffalo lawn - lawn coring will also have the added benefit of controlling thatch build-up.
Fungicides to Control Disease in Buffalo Lawns
If an outbreak of disease does still remain in a Buffalo lawn after all of these cultural management practices are followed, then a lawn fungicide such as Amgrow Lawn and Garden Fungicide will also help in controlling any lawn disease outbreaks.
Lawn fungicides should only ever be used in conjunction with proper lawn care management. They are not a cure on their own, and without proper cultural management, the Buffalo lawn will remain continually susceptible to ongoing outbreaks of lawn disease.