Rain­fall caus­ing lawn headaches aplenty

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Ricky Ens­ley [email protected]

Af­ter a month of rain­fall in Polk County, some of our lawns have re­ceived more than 5 inches of rain­fall. All of this rain­fall makes lawn

The rain caused the grass for home­own­ers and lawn care com­pa­nies to keep lawns prop­erly mowed. The rain did not stop long enough to al­low for mow­ing and the ground was too wet to be mowed with­out leav­ing ruts, which would af­fect the lawn’s aes­thet­ics. Some of the lawns look like they are ready to be bailed for hay.

Lawn clip­pings are also an is­sue. Con­sid­er­ing the amount of growth, if a sig ac­cu­mu­late on the lawn af­ter mow­ing, the clip­pings should be re­moved. An­other op­tion is to work the clip­pings into the canopy through blow­ing or rak­ing. For many lawns, this is not pos­si­ble and bag­ging is the best op­tion. In gen­eral, it is ideal to re­turn clip­pings and re­cy­cle nu­tri­ents to the turf grass.

Dis­eases are also as­so­ci­ated with the wet con­di­tions. The en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions dur­ing the past two weeks have been fa­vor­able for two fun­gal dis­eases; dol­lar spot and large brown patch.

Given the low-light con­di­tions, rain and mod­er­ate temperatures, th­ese dis­eases have ap­peared on Bermuda, Cen­tipede, and Zoysia grasses. Some brown patch has oc­curred on tall fes­cue.

Tall fes­cue is a cool-sea­son species that you might treat with a fungi­cide. The warm sea­son grasses will re­bound from the dis­ease once the rain stops and the temperatures rise.

For more in­for­ma­tion about turf grass lawns in Ge­or­gia, go to Ge­or­giaTurf.com or con­tact the Polk County 770-749-2142 or email at [email protected] uga.edu.

In­for­ma­tion for this ar­ti­cle was pro­vided by Clint Waltz, a Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion turf spe­cial­ist with the UGA Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture and En­vi­ron­men­tal Sciences.

Ricky Ens­ley

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