No matter how healthy you think
your lawn is, remember this:
lawn disease can happen anywhere and to any kind of
lawn. Now that I got that out of the
way, let’s get into some
details. Specifically, let’s examine
some common lawn diseases you might encounter and why they
are so hard to diagnose and
treat. The first thing you need to
know is that a lot of lawn
diseases look the same. Spotting the difference between
brown patch, rust and dollar
spot – you’ll hear more about these in
a minute – isn’t easy and
requires a trained eye. Why is that important? Well,
because you don’t treat each of these the same way. If
you have Tall fescue, St. Augustine, Kentucky Bluegrass
or Ryegrass and you live in an area with high humidity, you
might run into Brown Patch. This disease most commonly
starts out as a small brown
spot and then can quickly spread
outward in a circular or horseshoe pattern sometimes up
to a few feet in width. Similarly, dollar spot can
start out as small brown or
straw-colored spots about the size of silver
dollars (hence the name). They too can spread and are
most common in the early summer
and can get worse if lawns are
lacking the nutrients necessary for
growth. Finally, there’s rust. And just
like you’d expect, rust gets
its name from the orange colored
appearance that it gives to
infected grass blades. Usually affecting Ryegrass and
Kentucky Bluegrass, rust can be brought on when soil
conditions are less than ideal. If you do suspect that your
lawn is unhealthy and needs
some specialized care, the best thing you can do is
call in the experts from
TruGreen. Sign up at or call
1.866.688.6722 and let them perform a Healthy Lawn Analysis
on your yard. You’ll be well on your way to having a lawn you love.