Another of the more common lawn diseases to affect buffalo grass is Powdery Mildew. Powdery Mildew not only affects lawns and grasses of all types, but also affects all plant types too. So in the case of a garden which is showing signs of infestations of Powdery Mildew, it would be highly recommended to treat this disease in the gardens as quickly as possible before it spreads onto the buffalo lawn.
Powdery Mildew is most easily spread from plants and other lawns underneath shoes, with lawn mowers, bicycle tyres, on the feet of pets and literally anything imaginable of crossing one lawn and then another. Powdery Mildew really is a highly contagious lawn and plant disease.
The initial signs of Powdery Mildew on buffalo grass lawns is when it first appears as small spots which will look like white dust across different parts of the lawn surface. Eventually these dusty spots on the buffalo grass will continue to spread at rapid rate until the entire lawn is affected, creating an unsightly mess of dying yellowing lawn with rotting leaves, and a white dusty appearance across.
Treating Powdery Mildew On Buffalo Grass
The good news is that powdery mildew really is very easy to treat on buffalo, but like all lawn diseases, it must be a two pronged attack of prevention and treatment at the same time.
Prevention involves all the good lawn care practices which are outlined in many lawns disease articles on this site, and include things such as controlling thatch, removing thatch, year round fertilising, proper lawn watering in the mornings only, lawn coring etc. These things will create a buffalo lawn in the very best health possible, and one which is able to fight all forms of lawns disease, including Powdery Mildew with the greatest of ease. Next comes the really easy treatment to control Powdery Mildew.
Bicarb Soda Kills Powdery Mildew
Simple bicarbonate of soda mixed up in a watering can and applied liberally to the lawn will adjust the pH levels of the turf very quickly, and which in turn will kill the Powdery Mildew in your buffalo lawn.
Be sure to apply this simple mixture to the entire surface of the lawn at the same time, and not just to the patches of affected turf that we can most easily see. Check surrounding plants, bushes and garden beds for further signs of this disease in nearby areas, and treat these areas in the same way.
Regular Outbreaks Of Powdery Mildew
If a buffalo lawn is experiencing regular outbreaks of powdery mildew, then there is at least one or more underlying problems which should be looked into and addressed. As such matters will not only be encouraging the ongoing outbreak of Powdery Mildew, but would also be encouraging other lawn diseases, as well as leaving the entire lawn in poorer lawn health than what is necessary.
Check fertilising schedules and be sure that the buffalo lawn is only being fertilised within manufacturers guidelines and no more. Excess nitrogen from fertiliser is a big encouragement for the growth of powdery mildew. Another option to reduce the occurrences of outbreaks of powdery mildew would be to begin using slow release fertilisers for the lawn.
Lastly, be sure to follow good lawn care practices as we have already discussed earlier in this article, and in doing so the possibility of any further outbreaks of powdery mildew in buffalo grass, and all other lawn types should be greatly reduced if not eliminated for good.