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Southern pride is definitely expressed in the lawns around Nashville. The beauty of the city runs through the many neighborhoods where the streets are lined with well-maintained lawns. As beautiful as the lawns are, they're more than just decorative. They make a contribution to our physical and mental health. A good lawn increases air quality and decreases noise emissions. It evokes a sense of serenity, and it raises our spirits. We want to keep our lawns safe, but unfortunately, there are viruses out there just looking for an opportunity to come in and infect our lawns. Our lawns will switch easily from robust to frail if we are not careful.
The first symptoms of pythium are usually tiny areas of the grass that are black or purplish. When you feel the grass, it will be greasy or slimy. Infected blades turn light tan and shrivel, and larger areas appear like the early stages of dry wilt. They overlap as the patches expand. Pythium is so deadly that an entire turf stand can be killed in one day in sustained hot, humid weather.
Pythium strikes when the soil with a nitrogen shortage is too moist for too long.
Brown patch is one of the most unsightly diseases of the grass. It begins as a small patch and grows into a circle or horseshoe pattern of up to three feet in diameter. A strange part of this disease is that often, as it grows, vegetation inside the circle has healed, and you have good grass inside the brown circle. You will also see circles with smoke rings, webs of fine, white filaments (mycelium), and dead grass while the epidemic is in high gear.
Brown patch happens when the grass is over-watered, over-fertilized, and trimmed too short (less than three inches).
Rust starts with tiny yellow spots, expanding into yellow areas with elevated centers. The elevated areas explode, producing masses of orange-rust spores. Spores infect the turf, and the whole lawn may be rust-colored. The spores are very light and the wind takes them long distances. No yard, no matter how well it is maintained, is safe from them. Infected plants turn yellow, become frail, and die more often than not.
Rust typically begins in the shaded areas of the lawn during the hot, humid season.
There is no mistaking a red thread (aka pink patch) illness for anything else. It weaves over good grass, and your lawn quickly begins to look ragged. If the disease progresses, light pink to red strands (threads) grow a quarter-inch to an inch in length from the tips of the grass leaves. Thread bites blow in the wind and transmit the disease to good grass. It spreads as threads strike neighboring blades, too.
Chances are that if there's a red thread, it's time to fertilize the grass.
Dollar spot produces minute, oval spots of one to three inches in diameter (like a silver dollar). Grass inside the spots can die all the way down to the surface, leaving depressions in the lawn. Light tan lesions occur on the grass leaves; dark margins form along the edges when the disease is very active. As the lesions envelop taller grass, the upper portion of the leaves will eventually die, and you will see large areas of grass that look bleached.
Dollar spot crops up when the lawn doesn't get enough nutrients and the soil is dry.