March 3, 2010

Keeping Your Lawn Disease-Free

Research Triangle Park, N.C. – Controlling diseases can be one of the more challenging aspects of lawn care. Left alone, diseases like brown patch, dollar spot or rust can quickly turn a beautiful lawn into a splotchy mess.

“Lawn diseases are tough to diagnose because they can look like insect damage or even fertilizer burn,” says Lance Walheim, Bayer Advanced™ Garden Expert and co-author of Lawn Care for Dummies. “So the first step is to know what’s causing the trouble and then attack it early. That’ll save you time, money and headaches.”

Lawn diseases are often caused by bad lawn-care habits. Here are some simple steps to prevent common lawn diseases:

  • Proper drainage and watering methods: Most lawn diseases thrive in moist or humid conditions, so you need to make sure your lawn has proper drainage and is being watered correctly. If part of your lawn is constantly wet, you’ve got a breeding ground for fungus, so be sure to aerate to improve drainage. Another tip: Be sure to water your lawn early in the morning so that it dries off in the afternoon. Deep, infrequent waterings give your grass time to dry out as well.
  • Read the fertilizer label: Some diseases like heavily fertilized lawns. Others like underfertilized lawns. You can help prevent lawn diseases if you follow the recommended fertilization schedule for your type of grass.
  • There’s a correct way to mow: Keep your lawn mower’s blades razor sharp. Dull blades tear the grass. That injures it and provides a breeding ground for fungus spores. Don’t cut wet grass. Wait for your lawn to dry off from the morning dew or after a rainfall.
  • Use a preventive fungus control product: Bayer Advanced Fungus Control for Lawns cures and prevents common lawn diseases such as brown patch, dollar spot, rust and others for up to 30 days. The new hose-end sprayer is convenient to use, takes less time to apply and lets you cover a 5,000-square-foot lawn with one application. Always read and follow all label directions. Visit BayerAdvanced.com for more information and helpful how-to videos.

About Bayer Advanced™

Bayer Advanced is one of the leading consumer lawn and garden brands in the United States. Driven by innovative thinking and category-leading research, Bayer Advanced provides innovative and effective solutions that help consumers grow beautiful lawns and gardens and protect their landscapes from pests, weeds and diseases.

Always read and follow label directions before using Bayer Advanced products. Visit BayerAdvanced.com for more information and to view how-to videos, or call 1-877-BAYERAG.

Bayer Advanced is a business group of Bayer CropScience LP, the U.S. affiliate of Bayer CropScience AG. Bayer Advanced, Bayer CropScience LP, and Bayer CropScience AG are part of the Bayer AG family, a FORTUNE Global 500 company.

About Bayer CropScience

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience AG, a subsidiary of Bayer AG with annual sales of about EUR 6.5 billion (2009), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and plant biotechnology. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global work force of more than 18,000 and is represented in more than 120 countries. Visit www.bayercropscience.com for more details.

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