View Full Version : Fairy rings?

Bunton Guy
06-22-2003, 10:35 PM
Is fairy rings the little rings of dead spots?? any fixes? Lately I have fertilized most lawns with a 5-10-15 Lesco iron low nitrogen fert and its been 2 weeks...no green up at all yet but I have noticed little brown rings on many of my yards and on one Zosia lawn I have noticed little black spots as if grease has been dripped onto the lawn. 90% of the yards with this problem is on Tall Fescue lawns...and one is Zosia.

06-23-2003, 07:23 PM
Sounds like pythium blight also know as (greasy spot).

Bunton Guy
06-23-2003, 08:58 PM
Isn't pythium blight a webby white cotton fungus strung between blades???

06-23-2003, 09:14 PM
It's probally dollar spot.

Bunton Guy
06-23-2003, 09:48 PM
ahhh thats the name I was looking for. Any fixes? I see this on ALOT of yards not just mine ! so I know im no the only one with this.

06-23-2003, 11:41 PM
Yes, pythium blight has the little web type mold when the air is heavy with moisture.

Are the spots about 2 inches or so in diameter. If so its probably dollar spot. Can get up to 8 inches in some grasses, 2 of which you mentioned.

I'll quote what the University of Missouri says about control of this.

"Maintain optimum fertility as the disease is favored by nitrogen deficiency."

"If symptoms are present and nitrogen levels are low, a light nitrogen application of 0.25 to 0.5 pounds N per 1,000 Sq Ft may stimulate recovery."

"When this disease is serious, apply perventive fungicide sprays during the spring and early summer and again in late summer and fall."

"Start spraying when disease is first evident."

"Avoid use during summer heat stress periods."

Hope this helps.

Bunton Guy
06-24-2003, 04:25 PM
The brown ring itself is about 2 inches thick....and spans rings as large as a basketball and some a little larger. Is this actually killing off the lawn ?? Will this result in needing to reseed?

06-26-2003, 12:20 PM
How bout a photo.

Bunton Guy
06-26-2003, 06:39 PM
Will do.