You may suspect that you have a lawn fungus in your yard, but if you don’t know which type you have, then how can you treat it? The experts at Fit Turf know exactly how to identify different types of lawn fungi in the Michigan and Colorado areas, and this Learning Center Resource will help you to learn how to identify fungi as well.
- Bipolaris sorokiniana. This anamorph fungus is the cause of a wide variety of diseases in plants. It’s most commonly known as “root rot,” but it can also affect the head, leaf, and stem tissue. You’ll notice Bipolaris sorokiniana in your lawn when you see patches of dark brown or olive green grass. This type of fungus also commonly affects wheat plants, which can especially be a problem in the Denver area, where wheat farms are common.
- This is a common fungus that causes a wide range of diseases that cause leaf spots, blotches, and discoloration in trees and shrubs. This fungi usually infects the tree in the spring, when new growth is most rapid.
- This fungus usually affects Kentucky Bluegrass, which can be found in Colorado. It is most prevalent in spring and summer, when the moisture and temperatures fluctuate.
- Ophiosphaerella korrae. This is the most common lawn disease in the Colorado area. It causes the disease Necrotic Ring Spot, which colonizes at the roots of grass and kills the grass from the bottom up.
- Blumeria graminis. Otherwise known as “powdery mildew,” this fungus causes white patches on the blade of grass. Leaves will eventually turn yellow, deteriorate, and die due to this mass of spores. This disease is most common in Michigan.
- Xanthomonas translucens. This fungus causes something called bacterial wilt, which affects grass in Michigan and other surrounding areas. It first appears in dime-sized patches of copper colored grass, and it usually breaks out during extended rainfall. If left untreated, it can spread to your entire lawn.