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Nashville Lawn Care Tips: How to Prevent Lawn Fungus

Did you hear the joke about the lawn fungus? Well, I could tell you, but it might need some time to grow on you.

All joking aside, lawn fungus is a serious matter. When left untreated, it can easily devastate that great green grass we’ve been working toward. That’s why prevention is the best remedy to avoid fungus in the first place.

Organic Lawn Care Fights Off Fungus

Pure Green’s organic lawn care methods combined with our extensive experience as a Nashville lawn care service means that we know how to prevent lawn fungus from developing. As it turns out, our comprehensive organic lawn care system prevents lawn fungus and tackles many of the other obstacles Nashville homeowners face in getting that great green grass they want.

Pure Green optimizes grass and soil health with our organic lawn care approach so that your turf is strong enough to fight off fungus, usually without the use of fungicides. For instance, we use organic fertilizer treatments applied at the right time and in the right doses throughout the year. Since different varieties of lawn fungus can be caused both by over-fertilizing and under-fertilizing, relying on an organic lawn care service will ensure your yard is getting exactly what it needs to stay healthy.

In addition to fertilization, aeration and topdressing are important methods your Nashville lawn care service should use to prevent lawn fungus. Aeration is the process of creating small holes in the surface of the yard to allow air, water, and nutrients to penetrate the soil and reach the roots of the grass easily. Stronger roots mean a healthier lawn that is more resistant to fungus and other lawn diseases.

Topdressing, one of the basics of organic lawn care, is the spreading of rich organic matter across the surface of the lawn to improve soil health and support healthy grass growth. Before topdressing a lawn it should be aerated to allow the organic matter to more easily be absorbed into the soil.

Both aeration and topdressing are foundational aspects of organic lawn care since these natural methods maximize the impact of whatever fertilizers, insecticides, or herbicides are used on the lawn.

Steps Homeowners Can Take to Prevent Lawn Fungus

In addition to working with a Nashville lawn care service trained to deal with lawn fungus, homeowners can also help by following these best practices for watering and mowing.

Best Practices for Watering

  • Water grass early in the morning to allow the grass blades to dry during the day. While some homeowners want to water in the evening to avoid evaporation and wasted water, it’s better to tackle this task in the morning instead. Watering at night will often produce wet, soggy conditions that fungus loves.
  • Water less frequently, but deeply, to encourage strong root development. Usually that means watering a few times a week rather than daily, but ask us about the best schedule for your yard.

Best Practices for Mowing 

  • Mow your turf to the right height. (Not sure what that is? Ask us.) Cutting it too short leads to weak roots and makes it suspectable to lawn diseases like fungus.
  • Keep mower blades sharp so they cut the grass cleanly and evenly. This prevents ragged edges that are prone to diseases.

When it comes to lawn fungus and other diseases, the best approach is the preventative one.