What is Spring Dead Spot?

If you live in North Georgia, chances are good that you have seen what is known as Spring Dead Spot or (SDS) on yours or your neighbors lawn. SDS is common in the North Georgia/ Piedmont region.  SDS is most prevalent in bermudagrass, though it may also affect other types such as zoysiagrass; it most commonly seen after long, freezing winters. Here are some indicators and best practices to recognize and control SDS in your own lawn.

The best way to determine if your lawn is affected by SDS is to examine the grass it begins to “green up”. Symptoms of SDS include patches of bleached, gray-looking grass that is outlined or surrounded by healthy turf. More pH neutral soils are going to be more likely to be affected by SDS. Poor drainage and compaction can affect the severity of SDS in turf. It is important to make sure that your lawn in properly aerated and treated by a lawn care professional each season.

SDS- lawn disease

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SDS is caused by a fungus that is most active when the weather is moist and cool, such as the fall and spring seasons. Regaining control and the healthy look of your lawn will likely take more than a single growing cycle. It will take several cycles, usually two to four,  for the fungus to be controlled and for your grass to be back to normal. Regular fungicide treatment in tandem with lawn care best practices such as aeration and frequent cutting are the most reliable ways to get rid of SDS.

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