How to Get Rid of Brown Spots (Fungus) in your Lawn

There are many reasons why your lawn might be turning brown.  A few reasons include your lawn might be getting too much sun which causes it to burn or you have the wrong type of grass for your location, it could be you have over fertilized, your lawn is infested with grubs, or your lawn doesn’t drain well enough and the water trapped in your grass smolders as it gets hot essentially burning your grass. However, one of the most overlooked reasons for brown spots is fungus.

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How to Identify Lawn Brown Spots

Identifying the differences of brown spots in your lawn is the first step to treating the problem and in this case fungus. If your grass has patchy brown spots on the blades of grass then your lawn may have “dollar spots” or Sclerotinia.  The other type of brown spots to look for is brown blades of grass interwoven with other green blades of grass in patches.

Earlier fungus treatments required sprays or simply digging up or thatching the area for new grass to grow.  I have recently found a product by Scotts to treat for fungus that allows me to spread a dry solution on my lawn, which is found stores like Home Depot (search for “Scotts”).

Scotts recommends these important steps and notes to remember when applying Scotts Fungus Control.

How to Use Scotts Lawn Fungus Control

  • Apply with a drop-type or rotary spreader.
  • Do not apply by hand or hand-held spreader.
  • For best results, with a rotary spreader, apply during a calm period of the day.
  • If necessary to apply when a breeze is blowing, move in the direction of the wind to prevent material from blowing toward the operator.

I prefer the Deluxe Edgeguard rotary spreader. The Deluxe Edgeguard requires less walking and spreads more equal (on a non-windy day).  The Edgeguard can be switched on and off for areas where you do not want the chemical to be applied such as sidewalks and gardens.

How often to apply Scotts Lawn Fungus Control

  • Repeat at 2 to 3 week intervals.
  • During periods of high day and night temperature and humidity, two week treatment intervals may be needed to achieve best brown patch control.
  • Maximum number of applications is 4 per year.

What Scotts Lawn Fungus Control Controls

Diseases: Controls the following turfgrass diseases: Brown Patch, Dollar Spot, Stripe Smut, Pink Patch, Red Thread, Copper Spot, and Anthracnose. Suppresses the following turfgrass diseases: Fusarium Blight, Necrotic Ring Spot, and Summer Patch.

For further information read the label of Scotts Fungus Control Bag.

Identifying brown spots in your yard can be difficult.  If this method does not work then at least you have identified what the problem is not.  Try targeting other causes of brown spots like heat, grubs and poor drainage.

Do you have any ideas, products, or recommendations to improve the quality of your lawn? We would love to hear from you. Also, if you are experiencing a problem with your lawn please feel free to ask questions and we will try to provide a solution for you.

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