You have worked really hard in your life, and you now have all the trappings of middle-class life. You have a good paying job, a lovely spouse, great kids, and a nice lawn. Unfortunately, if you’re not careful, your Ohio lawn could end up looking spotted or having a lot of other unsightly symptoms of diseases that show up on your grass. How do you prevent this and keep your lawn looking good? The first step is to understand what type of diseases can affect your lawn. Here are three lawn conditions to look out for:
Needlecasts are caused by fungal pathogens that invade whole entire nurseries of Christmas trees or windbreaks. Moreover, residential plants can also be affected if they are planted close in proximity to each other. Needlecasts will first occur within the lower branches go higher and higher throughout the years until the tree might end up dying. Guarding against this can be tricky, but the first step is to do away with the needles that die in the summer months. This is because they release spores that will simply re-infect the trees next summer. You also should enhance airflow and applying fungicides to keep them at bay.
Dutch Elm Disease
Spreading from northern Ohio is the nasty Dutch Elm Disease. This plant malady mostly affects elm trees, and, if left untreated, it will, unfortunately, wipe all of your elm trees. This disease starts by infecting the vascular system of the tree, weakening the water circulation system of the tree. And that’s not the biggest problem: this terrible disease is contagious! Dutch Elm disease is so insidious you have to grind the stumps of the infected trees or else it could spread further. About the only way to prevent Dutch elm disease is to spot it early. If a tree seems to be yellowing too soon, it could mean they have this disease. Consult with an arborist for other signs of this terrible tree disease.
If you’re planting young grass seedlings, you definitely need to be careful about the brown patch disease. This condition can spread during periods of hot, humid and wet conditions. One of the most surprising things about this condition is not that it is readily noticeable. It actually can sneak up on bare turf and the grass can have unsightly brown patches in as little as 48 hours. Again, if you are concerned about this condition threatening your grass, you can treat it with a number of different fungicides to keep it at bay. When you want a beautiful, well-kept lawn but don’t want to spend time on maintenance, then artificial turf could be a better option. With artificial turf, you won’t have to mow or fertilize your lawn. Of course you can still grow your own grass, but artificial options may be beneficial for those who need something more low-maintenance.
Now that you know about some of the most common conditions affecting your trees and grass, you will be better equipped to prevent it from happening.
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