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8 ways to treat brown patch and lawn fungus

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Despite all the recent rain, many lawns are covered in random brown patches. The reason? Too much rain. Extremely wet grass promotes fungus growth and can actually harm your lawn.

Here are 8 ways to treat brown patch and lawn fungus:

1. Only water your lawn as much as necessary. Avoid watering at night, as this is when fungus tends to grow.

2. Avoid walking over brown patches and affected areas. Fungal diseases can easily spread.

3. Fertilize your lawn. Grass that does not receive enough nitrogen and potassium can become weak, leaving the grass vulnerable to fungal diseases.

4. Mow your lawn at a healthy height. Never cut your lawn on the lowest setting.

5. Be patient. Give the fertilizer time to work.

6. Keep leaves off your lawn. Leaves can promote fungus growth.

7. Keep an eye on shady areas. When especially wet, these areas are first to show signs of brown patch or fungus.

8. Apply a fungicide. If you simply can't battle the brown spots with any of the 7 steps listed above, go to your local home improvement store and purchase a fungicide. While costly, this will help battle the lawn fungus.natural treatments can be used instead, especially while the fungus is still small. Neem oil, compost tea, and baking soda solutions are some of the most common.