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Recent Rains Accelerate Fungal Growth

screen-fungus-238901_1280Within the past month, Florida has experienced extensive rainfall. Precipitation totals of three to six inches have plagued most of Central Florida since mid-July, and the forecast calls for at least another week of potential rain and thunderstorms. While rain is often an inconvenience for people, it can mean a dramatic change in your lawn due to increased fungal growth.

Your yard always harbors several varieties of fungus, and most of the time the plants and fungi live in harmony. Several factors tip the balance in favor of fungi, however, and increased precipitation is one of them. Use the information below to determine if your lawn is suffering from an undue amount of fungi.

  • Because fungi are varied, their appearance in your lawn will differ from one type to the next. If you note brown (or white or yellow) patches, slimy areas, rings of discoloration, or discolored threads along individual blades of grass, your yard may have already succumbed to at least one strain of fungus.
  • Fungi step up production during time of grass stress, such as when your lawn is overly dry or wet, the soil is compacted or grass is thatched, or the grass is mowed on a low setting. Our recent onslaught of rain falls directly into the “overly wet” category.
  • Homeowners can ensure fewer bouts of fungal outbreak if they turn off their automatic sprinklers if the weather calls for three or more days of rain during the week.

Other preventative measures, such as aerating your lawn, decreasing water use, fertilizing, and mowing, are nearly impossible when the weather is inclement. Therefore, the easiest way to pinpoint the type of fungal growth and how to treat it is to contact the Orlando lawn care professionals at Apex Pest Control. Apex’s lawn care specialists will inspect your lawn, determine the fungus or fungi involved, and work out a treatment plan to bring your lawn back to health. Call Orlando lawn care experts, Apex, at (866) 675-4070, or browse the rest of Apex’s website to learn more about grass fungi and treatment.

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