Optional Fungicide Applications
What creates disease?
Three factors must be present for a disease to be present.
- The pathogen
There are close to 25 soil born pathogens already present and waiting for the next two factors.
- The host
Most lawns are made up of several different species. As the lawns get older it inherits even more species by wind, birds, etc. Also there are several different varieties of the same species and your lawn could be made up of a different variety than your neighbor. Your lawn could be susceptible to disease and theirs may not be.
- The environmental conditions
Anything that contributes to the stress of the plant such as compaction, heavy thatch, poor ventilation, heat stress, cold stress, favorable disease temperatures, PH, mowing too low, dull mower blades, traffic, too much shade, too much rain, not enough rain, humidity, etc. We have experienced that most of the time more than one are present. Keep in mind your lawn could be susceptible to disease and your neighbors may not be because every lawn is different. Sometimes our disease pamphlets may indicate the issue is low fertility. Please remember all lawns, and at any time, are susceptible regardless. It does not indicate a late feeding! Hot and humid weather followed by nightly rain is normally the leading cause.
How to help avoid future disease!
Your annual program does not include fungicides. At each scheduled service your technician leaves extremely important directions. If followed properly and without fail, your lawn will have the best chance to avoid disease. Unfortunately, cultural practices can only eliminate half of environmental conditions that lead to disease. As you can see from above, the other half is beyond control. How Mother Nature treats us from year to year can matter significantly (welcome to New England!)
What you should expect from our optional fungicide application
Depending on the disease, you may need one to three applications to suppress it. To help prevent some diseases, organic fertilizers may be required. Fungicides only suppress the pathogen, not eliminate it, and if the environmental conditions persist the disease could return after the fungicide residual dissipates. (Normally 2-4 weeks) In most cases we have experienced great results and typically the lawn gained enough strength to overcome future diseases in that season.
We recommend a preventative application twice a year.
If you decide to have this very important application, your cost per application is 1.5 times what you normally pay per on each service.
Some diseases, once discovered, should receive a preventative application every year.
Do I need this application?
Yes, the lawn should be treated, whether you treat it or we treat it. It is an unexpected cost, but should be addressed.
Contact us today or call us at for your free estimate with on-site analysis (our price is based on square footage).