Leaf Spot is another of the fungal lawn diseases which can affect Buffalo Grass. The disease is most easily recognisable by the elongated spots which appear on the Buffalo grass leaf blades. The oblong shaped spots can appear several times on each leaf blade, and the disease will be evident in large patches, or may even cover the entire lawn.
The inside area of Leaf Spot can be a grey, light brown or olive colour, while the outside ring of the lesion will be a much darker colour which is most often brown in colour.
The appearance of a Buffalo lawn which has leaf spot will appear slightly brown or off-colour, closer inspection of the lawn will not only reveal the spots, but will also reveal brown lesions around the edges of the leaf blade.
Ongoing Effects of Leaf Spot On Buffalo Grass
Untreated Leaf Spot will naturally continue to spread across the entire Buffalo lawn, not only leaving the lawn with an unsightly appearance, but also continuing to create patches of turf which may thin out, or die off and create bare patches in it's wake.
Treatment of Leaf Spot and all other lawn diseases must be undertaken as quickly as possible after identification. This is due to the destructive nature and difficulty in treating fungal infections in lawns.
Proper Lawn Care Is Vital
Good lawn care practices are vital in both preventing and curing diseases in Buffalo lawn. Good lawn care will prevent the optimum disease conditions from occurring in the first place, as well as creating a healthy and strong lawn which can naturally fight off any new infections of any lawn disease.
Fungicides To Cure Leaf Spot
For infections of Leaf Spot, a fungicide should be purchased and applied to the lawn as soon as possible. Fungicides containing the chemical Daconil 2787 should be applied first and only at manufacturers recommendations.
For persistent problems, systemic fungicides such as Banner, Cleary's 3336 or Bayleton should be used and applied only at manufacturers recommendations.
Fungicides and Good Lawn Care
Both good lawn care and fungicide control measures for Leaf Spot are both sides of the same coin in curing this disease. Good lawn care may cure minor and early infections before they even become evident, but if it doesn't - then a fungicide will be necessary.
Most important to remember is that Fungicide is not the cure for lawn disease on it's own.
A strong, healthy lawn will beat back Leaf Spot when combined with a fungicide.
However, without the same good lawn care, the lawn will remain in a weakened state, while always providing perfect growing conditions for the fungal disease. And under these conditions, Leaf Spot or any other Buffalo lawn disease will always win.
If you remain in any doubt, or are having any problems in treating Leaf Spot, contact a licensed and professional weed spraying and lawn treatment contractor.
If your Buffalo lawn is infected with Leaf Spot and is still new, you may be able to contact the turf supplier for assistance.