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Gray leaf spot is exactly what it sounds like – a discoloration of gray on a blade of grass, sometimes bordered by a dark green ring. The discolored area is usually circular or oblong. If the disease spreads…
…the entire blade can change color, as the spots grow large enough to blend together. If this is happening in your yard, you are in need of Cape Coral lawn care service.
During Florida’s rainy summers, your grass is susceptible to gray leaf spot disease. In southwest Florida, the danger lasts from May through September, when we have long periods of rain and high humidity. Continual wetness creates a perfect breeding ground for gray leaf spot to proliferate.
Yards full of St. Augustine grass are the most likely to suffer from this infection. Usually, the disease will affect new sprigs of St. Augustine grass – not a well- established lawn. But if you are overzealous when you fertilize, you could be putting your lawn health at risk. You can also cause damage by using pesticides incorrectly or by irrigating with the wrong amount of water.
You should always be careful to water your lawn at the correct time of day. By irrigating in the early morning, your grass has a chance to dry quickly. An evening irrigation is riskier because the blades remain wet for too long.
Gray leaf spot disease is caused by a fungus and require special fungicides for treatment. These products should really only be applied by professionals. It’s sometimes difficult to properly apply fungicide products, and some types are not appropriate for residential lawns.