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Telfair 06-16-2011 05:20 PM

Looking for lawn fungus control
My lawn is only about 7 weeks old & already seems to have a fungus issue.
Theres plenty of mushrooms growing all over the place killing the beauty of my newly laid RTF sod. :(

& even worse is the ugly fungus that keeps coming back that looks like dog vomit or something..
Its been mostly yellowish in color & yet today I even found some in a redish color.
I bought a bag of fungus control that I was told I need to apply it to cut down the fungus before I apply the lawns 1st fertilizer treatment because the fertilizer will also feed the fungus as well as the lawn so the fertilizer just sits in the shed. :(

I cut down from watering my lawn everyday from the day we laid the sod to now every other day being that over moister will tent to create fungus & shrooms etc.. to water it every other day for 10 minutes & the lawn still looks just as green.

Sould I drop it to about once a week for 10 minutes or twice a week for 10?
or maybe every other day for only one minute?

What are the best chemicals I can try to dry out my fungus without hurting my new lawn?

I'll go down & take some pictures right now to post..

Telfair 06-16-2011 06:00 PM


I heres a picture of the redish fungus that is has usually been yellow & much larger than this one.

Funny thing is in the spots that had the fungus the grass seems to be growing much stronger & darker?

user1007 06-16-2011 06:28 PM

Make sure, to the extent you can if you live in a summer rain climate, you water early enough in the day that the lawn dries out before dusk. Water pre-dawn if you have an irrigation system or invest in hose end timers.

You want to water long enough to do the job. Ultimately you want to water longer and deeper to establish the lawn but with a sod lawn you have to keep it alive until the roots take hold and you dare do so. People underestimate what it takes to establish a sod lawn.

Use the bag for your mower until you resolve this fungus issue. If you mulch you will just spread the fungus spores all over the place.

The shrooms are not hurting the lawn but are growing on dead wood or similar organic material under the surface. The surface fungus is problematical. I honestly do not know what you are allowed to buy and apply without a license anymore. You may want to consult a turfgrass specialist (a golf course turf manager or someone in your park district maintenance department will be flattered to be asked some questions).

The strongest defense against anything is to keep turfgrasses well fed and watered so I would not skip fertilizer as a way to control fungus.

By the way, do your neighbors have the fungus problem? If not, yours may have come with the sod in which case you should raise the issue with the sod company. I would call the sod company anyhow to ask their recommendations for what to use for bringing this under control.

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