FUNGUS -This is a huge problem for grass at this time of year. If you see brown spots or long skinny trails; stop watering now and wait it out. Fungus likes heat and moisture so the warm, damp turf is a perfect breeding ground. As soon as the local conditions change the bloom will recede and the fungus will no longer be a problem.
DROUGHT – Being located in Chicagoland may make this appear to be a non-issue, however being a home and lawn owner it’s nice to be ready for anything. If you aren’t sure if your lawn is drought stressed, step on to the grass and step off. If your feet have left an indelible impression on the surface, there is a pretty good chance your lawn is suffering from drought. You first instinct may be to grab a hose and water liberally. STOP! Your lawn even when suffering from drought only requires one inch of water per week. In the absence of rain water your lawn twice per week only enough to measure up to one inch water total.
INSECTS – This is not an article advising you to rid your lawn of bugs, no matter how they might creep you out, most bugs are good for lawn health. Here are a few we grant you permission to launch a full out assault: Asiatic Garden Beetle, Bermudagrass Mite, Bermudagrass Scale, Big-Eyed Bug, Bluegrass Billbug, Bluegrass Sod Webworm, Bronze Cutworm, Clover Mite and the Crane Fly.
TRAMPLING – Most folks who desire a large lot of grass have fantasized about the BBQ’s and the summers playing touch football or a game of catch with the little ones. The idea that these dreams can also lead to incredibly damaged lawns in need of rescue is usually far from mind. Take a trip to your local gardening center and rent an aerator and powered rake. The Aerator will breaks up compacted soil and thatch enabling easier watering while the powered rake preps the source for re-seeding in patchy areas.
As they say, knowing is half the battle. While these are valid threats to the health of any lawn, reducing exposure and being responsive when the risk arise can make all the difference.