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I have rust fungi on my grass, what can I do about it?

I have rust fungi on my grass, what can I do about it?

Asked 7 months 4 weeks ago by Lollypop73

I seeded my garden in March, all was going well until recently (Oct) now the grass has a rust colour, I mowed it & my new mower went orange inside, I also turfed the front garden which is going the same way & it looks awful but I don't know what to do to help/cure it or will this happen every year? Will it infect my neighbours lawns?



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Amy Drudge

How to Treat Rust on Grass Blades

Posted 10 Nov 2016

Hi Lollypop73,

Lawns lacking in vigour (due to factors such as nutrient deficiency or drought stress) are often more prone to attack. Rust is often very noticeable on long grass or where trees or shrubs overhang the lawn, so it is a good idea if possible to cut back any overhanging branches. In these situations, the grass is slower to dry out after rainfall or dew. Rust is a common foliar disease of turf and it is carried on the wind and can travel for miles and miles. It is caused by various fungi, usually Puccinia or Uromyces species.

Make sure you start a feeding programme throughout the year, this will help during the growing season to maintain vigour and in the dormant season produce a healthy, strong root system.

In the Spring/Summer months use EverGreen Complete 4 in 1 if you have any weeds or moss if not, then you can use a straight lawn feed such as EverGreen Extreme Green, Miraclge-Gro Soluble Lawn Food or Scotts Lawn Builder.  Avoid high nitrogen fertilisers in the autumn, as this will produce lush growth and this may be more prone to attack by rust and other diseases such as Fusarium patch.

In the Autumn dormant months from September - November make sure you use EverGreen Autumn or Scotts Autumn Lawnbuilder.

During the high growing months, it is vital to carry out regularly mowing to reduce the number of affected leaves and removing the clippings.

Kind Regards


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