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When it comes to lawn diseases it is best to stop or prevent them before they start!  Did you have any dead or disease spots during last spring?  Patches dying off?  Lack of water and food are one cause of dead areas, however there is a chance you could have had disease.  Now is the time to treat the fungus that causes damage.

Fungus multiplies during Autumn silently without you noticing, the damage is done long before you see the problems in spring.

Make sure your lawn is well fed in spring and summer, keeping the plant healthy and strong.  Mow regularly, only taking off one third of the leaf blade, as cutting lawn too short weakens the plant.  Water only in the mornings or daytime during autumn; watering in the evening promotes fungus growth as the lawn is damp overnight.

Treating your lawn with a fungicide such as Mancozeb (available at most garden centres) is an effective way of managing fungus. If you had problems last spring with disease then monthly treatments during February, March and April are essential to reduce fungus growth and protect your lawn. Always follow the directions on the label.  Like many medications, several treatments ensure a better protection.

If you would like to chat to us our about your lawn health please give our friendly team a call or email.



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  • Maria Fiorito

    I have kikuyu lawn and during late winter I noticed some drying yellowing patches. I live in adelaide I have been taking care to keep it moist and fertilise it but it doesn’t help.
    I wonder if it could ba a fungal or parasite problem?
    Any thoughts would be much appreciated.

    • Paul Daniel

      Hi Maria
      Thank you for your email. Problems in Kikuyu could be related to either disease or bugs. Disease is mostly caused by fungal growth in Autumn and winter, but is not visable until spring. We usually treat disease during Autumn with Mancozeb. Bugs also could cause damage by eating the roots of your lawn. Is it possible to send be a couple of photos and I can identify the most likely cause and give a maintenance program specific for your area.

  • Anna

    We had tall fescue turf laid in July 2017 and we correctly watered it like the landscaper told us. Now it’s nearly all dead. I’m wondering if it could be a fungus problem.

  • Tracey Daniel

    Hi Anna
    Can you please send us several photos of the area, up close and a least one of the whole yard and a short story on the history of your lawn? We will have our plant health expert have a look at it for you.

  • David

    Hi just wondering if you can help identify a lawn issue? Could I send some photos

    • Turf Farm

      Hi David, yes we can certainly help you to identify what’s going on with your lawn. Just email the pics to along with any relevant history and an explanation of what is happening.

      The Turf Farm Team

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