A healthy lawn just takes a lit­tle care

Life & Style Weekend - - GARDEN - with Angie Thomas

MILDER tem­per­a­tures and any rain­fall and hu­mid­ity dur­ing au­tumn can pro­mote the growth of lawn dis­eases. Lawn dis­eases in­clude brown patch, win­ter fusar­ium, dol­lar spot and an­thrac­nose. Lawn dis­eases can be hard to di­ag­nose be­cause signs can be sim­i­lar to that

of other lawn prob­lems such as dam­age from in­sect pests such as curl grubs and army­worm. Com­mon lawn disease symp­toms in­clude ar­eas of small dis­coloured, brown, dead or dy­ing patches in the lawn. Lawn dis­eases can spread and also re­cur year after year, so it’s im­por­tant to get them un­der con­trol and keep your lawn look­ing fan­tas­tic. Here’s how to help re­duce lawn dis­eases:

Mow reg­u­larly to pre­vent a build up of thatch and to re­move clip­pings from the lawn.

Wa­ter only in the morn­ings, to al­low the lawn to dry off dur­ing the day. Use a soil wet­ting agent to im­prove wa­ter pen­e­tra­tion into the soil so wa­ter is less likely to sit on the sur­face. Aer­ate or core your lawn to im­prove drainage.

Use a fungi­cide treat­ment that con­tains an ef­fec­tive com­bi­na­tion of two ac­tive in­gre­di­ents to con­trol the most

com­mon lawn dis­eases. Keep your grass well fed with a lawn food that con­tains a good amount of potas­sium. Potas­sium is a nu­tri­ent that helps strengthen the lawn so it’s bet­ter able to re­sist disease in­fec­tion. Yates Dy­namic Lifter ap­plied dur­ing au­tumn will also pro­mote a lush green lawn as win­ter ap­proaches.

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Take steps to make sure disease doesn’t take hold of your lawn in au­tumn.

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