Melting out is fungal disease that can rapidly cause browning out of areas of lawn.
Identify the problem
Close inspection of grass blades and sheath may show purple-brown blotches. Melting out starts as the leaf spot, then works its way to the grass base and attacks the roots and crown. It often leaves the grass blades a pale brown and flattened to the ground. Large mottled patches of dead grass may spread quickly across the lawn.
- Apply LawnPro Fungus Control at 10-14 day intervals as necessary.
- Avoid irrigation that leaves grass blades wet through the night. If irrigation is necessary, do it in the morning so the lawn dries out through the day.
- Avoid high nitrogen fertilisers.
Patch Repair Preparation
- 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.
- Apply LawnPro D-Thatch to reduce the excessive lawn thatch that may have encouraged the brown patch fungus.
- 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
Melting out is also known as leaf spot melting out.