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Jeremy Bunag
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...Did I get you thinking about the Eurythmics?

Anyhow, the bane of my fall existence has reared it's ugly head again:  Rust.  There's a fungus among us.  Just about killed big portions of my lawn last year.  Thought I'd get the jump on it this year with a nice spreading of organic fertilizer before onset, maybe I was too late.  From what I've found there's really not much I can do but encourage good growth out of my grass, so that the rust will keep on getting cut off, and don't overwater.

Any other suggestions?  I know I'm way low on organic material in my lawn...I'm slowly working on working that up, I'm sure that will help keep some nutrients hand to keep good lawn growth going on so rust won't get a foothold...but until my slow and steady work pays off, I need to be a little bit more active (I know, not lazy).

Thanks,

-Jeremy
 
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A little bit should not harm your grass. 

And, you are right, get your lawn to grow fast is the key. 

I take it is raining a lot there?  If not, watering less will help a lot.  And when you water can make a big difference (early morning is best).

Ok, let's get creative ....

When considering how to deal with fungus, my mind often turns to something where there are limited amounts of parking spaces for fungi.  What if a preferable form of fungi moved in and displaced the less preferable?

Take a look at http://fungiperfecti.com/mycogrow/index.html ; for more info on some fungal stuff from fungi perfecti that is for creating a better turf. 

 
Jeremy Bunag
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Hmm... it's been awhile since it rained.  Perhaps the rust will be on the downswing.  It doesn't seem as bad as last year.  I'll just keep my fingers crossed, the grass fertilized, and the water lean.  Interesting ideas from the fungus people...

Thanks!

-Jeremy
 
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