have been a C and L devotee in my lawncare. http://www.allaboutlawns.com/lawn-weeds-pests/grass-rust-tells-you-how-youre-doing.php found this highly pertinant, esp. the last paragraph. hopefully. Its an end of summer slow growth lilt. Am concerned I have under watered once deeply every 2-4 weeks depending on the looks of the grass. I just fertilized w dr earth's 3 weeks ago. the climate has certainly changed on the CA central coast to much more moisture and colder nights, but so far no rain. The surf's size has kicked in so we are riding over head waves. Pretty off topic, how can I connect it. Iam cheap and lazy so I can work less and surf more.Didnt find much specific to this fungus on the site, I found the 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. suggestion interesting. Something about the plants growing so much better with the product reminds me of hair growth schemes. could have over fertilized a tad. my front lawn, which is a conglomerate of mystery grasses, and seldom trod upon like the rear one doesnt have the rust and was fertilized the same day. Another interesting argument in the all about lawns article is the advantage of a diversity of grass. mines pretty mono- dwarf fescue with some bluegrass that I have never seen. I understand the disadvantages of overseeding, but part of my wants to introduce some copetitive grasses that might be heartier in this virtual dance floor of a lawn. I'll leave it alone. It is doing well. if not flourishing.
I too have heard that cultural is the key: keep it growing, keep cutting what grows = no rust. My lawn has "rusted" the last two years previous to this one, and that first year I think it (or my lack of care) stressed my lawn to the point of thinning it a bunch. This year I've been more faithful to putting down the organic ferts (though I'm still trailing a lot of others in that dept.), and so far I've been rust-free.
I've heard people have had good results with using milk to combat rust (and red thread). Regular old cow's milk, whatever you might have leftover in your fridge. Put it in a hose end sprayer and spread, I think at the 1Tbs/gal. (I think that's right).
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posted 12 years ago
Fungicides can work but really aren't worth the effort.
Nitrogen and good practices like bagging the grass and disposing of it other than on the lawn will "grow out" the rust.
Rust typically begins growing when high moisture exists on the grass blades. Watering at night is an example, and heavy dews in the spring and fall will bring it on.
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