Brown patch is a fungal disease of lawns causing small discoloured patches that grow to large patches of dead grass.
Identify the problem
Brown patch is a fungal disease affecting the roots of lawn grasses. Symptoms begin with small areas of discoloured grass and spread to brown off and kill areas up to 1 metre. Examination of grass roots will show roots turning black.
- Apply LawnPro Mossclear at 10-14 day intervals.
For small patches you can spot spray with PLANThealth Rose Force.
- Patch Repair
- Use a rake to remove dead grass and debris from the bald patch and to loosen the top layer of the soil a little.
- Water the bare patch with a watering can or sprinkler until the soil is moist.
- If the level of the bare patch is much lower than the surrounding soil, you will need to level it off using a fine layer of top soil.
- Rake this over to level it off and incorporate a little soil with the surrounding lawn so the patch is not so defined.
- Ensuring the contents are well mixed, scoop out a handful of LawnPro Smart Patch Mix* and scatter onto the soil of the damaged area.
- Make sure that the mixture covers all the bare patch.
- Rake lightly to incorporate with the top soil.
- Water gently with a watering can or gentle sprinkler.
- Keep the patch moist by watering gently but deeply every couple of days taking care not to wash the seeds away.
- Protect the patch from being disturbed by keeping children and pets off the area.
- The new patch can be mowed when new growth is established (5-8 cm high).
Did You Know
- Brown patch disease in lawns is caused by Rhizoctonia species fungi.