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Posted: Jun/22/2008 1:51 PM PST
Anyone heard of this? Just found it online and I think this might be part of my lawn problem. Or rather no lawn problem.
It is caused by the fungus 'Gaeumannomyces graminis va. graminis',identified in several Mississippi counties during the summer/fall of 1998. But also found in other southern states including my SC.
Lots of discussion and just a little info on how to counter its effects on turf grass. Mainly St Augustinegrass or centipedegrass.
This is a root disease and by the time you see your grass in distress the root is either gone or badly diseased.
You have to get your soil and grass back to a healthy, stsress free condition. Synthetic fertilizers, toxic pesticides and over-watering are the causes of the fungal disease problem. (sounds a lot like rotten feet problem in humans )
So amending your soil with compost, applying it in strips and raking it in is recommended. Some folks say the use of both compost and peat moss is good too.
And applying water afterwards.
Not letting your lawn get stressed by too many chemicals (even though we are told our lawns need it) or overwatering it is the best way not to get this or do get it again.
I am getting ready to try the peat moss and compost trick to my front no-lawn. Only time will tell if it works. Linda B
Location: Chesapeake VA
Posted: Jun/23/2008 9:02 AM PST
Best of luck!! Another example of why chemicals aren't good for the environment