Elizabeth Killinger, UNL Extension Educator in Hall Co. did a good job of explaining the common lawn fungal diseases we are seeing right now so sharing her post!

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Fungus can be both a good and a bad thing.  Mushrooms on pizza are an example of good fungus. Fungus in lawns, on the other hand, are nearer the other end of the spectrum.  There are a few common turf fungal infections to be on the lookout for in your lawn this season and some measures you can take to keep them at bay.

Dollar spot is one fungal disease that is common in lawns.  This fungus doesn’t discriminate in the type of turf that it infects, but it is most common in Kentucky bluegrass.  The symptoms will be 4-6 inch straw colored patches in the lawn.  The grass blade itself will have a bleached lesion, or spot, with a reddish-brown margin that extends across the grass blade.

There are several practices you use to deal with dollar spot.  Some of the recommended cultural practices include irrigating in the early…

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I'm the Crops and Water Extension Educator for York and Seward counties in Nebraska with a focus in irrigated crop production and plant pathology.

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