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Lawn Rust - Identification, Prevention & Treatment

You know the feeling when you play with your dog in the lawn and you both end up with orange dust on your feet? Then you need to wipe off your shoes and your dog looks like he's wearing halloween socks. This situation is brought to you by lawn rust. 

So what exactly is lawn rust? Is it dangerous to my yard? How do I get rid of it?

Let's get started.

Identifying Lawn Rust

First things first, lawn rust is not actually rust. It's a fungus that develops on your grass during dry periods in the late summer and early fall. 

Grass rust is easy to identify - simply pick a few blades of grass and check them for an orangish-red dust. It's easy to see and will wipe off if you run your finger across it. In extreme cases you'll notices patches of noticeably discolored grass.

Identify, treat and prevent lawn rust

Treating Lawn Rust

There are a few ways to get rid of rust in your yard. For starters - mow your lawn frequently and keep it at a moderate height. This will improve your lawn's health and help remove infected grass. Just be sure to hose down our mower afterwards to prevent rust from spreading further. 

You should also treat your yard to a nitrogen-rich fertilizer to ensure it has the nurtients it needs to fight off fungi like rust. Soil that is low in nitrogen offen creates the ideal circumstances for rust growth.

Preventing Lawn Rust

This has a lot to do with outside circumstances. Most Ohio grass is prone to rust to begin with and the weather we experience during late summer and autumn only makes the situation worse. The best thing you can do is ensure your lawn doesn't receive too much water, water in the moring instead over overnight, fertilize your yard and bag your lawn trimmings. 

In most cases, lawn rust isn't a serious problem. But if your yard becomes overun with orange dust, the experts at Grass Master are here to help. Contact us today for a better lawn.