Help with Fungus please

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Keegan, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 612

    I went and looked at one of my customers today. Last year was the first year I started there. Last year was the first year she went organic after using CHemlawn or whoever for years.
    I got an e mail from her this morning that the whole lawn looks dead.
    I went there and all of the tips are brown, with either tiny black spots or purplish color.
    We did have a rough winter this year with snow being on the ground for a good part of the winter.
    When I left there in Ocotober the lawn looked fine.
    Snow mold? THere is a lot of it around me but it wasn't matted down.
    Could it be rust?

  2. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    I think its too early for rust, it needs more heat
    Take a sample and run it to your local extention agent, they have seen everything
    Its tough to say over the interent it could be anything
    Probably different colonies of different stuff, things that like to be under the snow for a long time, it is actually a very active time in the soil under the snow. I heard a talk from an alaskan guy about how much was going on down there, unbelievable how th snow keeps and even environment for things to grow
    Brew up a batch and hit hard it will come around
  3. TMGL&L

    TMGL&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 243

    post pics to make it easier for people to see symptoms and signs of disease.
  4. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Messages: 2,636

    slime mold?
  5. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Purple black spot dead tip disease. ;)
  6. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,050

    Red Thread?
  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    A lot of lawns here look like all kinds of things until it breaks dormancy and starts growing again.

    One problem with undigestted meal on the lawn and under the snow is that - things can rot under the snow. That rotting material could be making the surrounding living material less than ideal.

    What was she putting down last fall?
  8. NattyLawn

    NattyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,643

    I agree with Smallaxe on this one. Wait for it to break dormancy and all should be fine. You won't be seeing rust or red thread yet. Tall fescue tips sometimes brown at the end of the year and it it does tend to get grey leaf spot? What type of turf is it? If the tips are brown, who mows the lawn? Did the last mowing happen with dull blades allowing disease to enter? A lot of possibilities here....
  9. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,050

    Red thread over winters and likes cool moist conditions particularly slow growing turf. With soil temps still in the forties so Not much N available I have seen red thread on a couple of lawns in fine fescue.
  10. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 612

    It's not red thread. I think she has an old neighbor cut her lawn. I don't think he cuts it on a regular schedule because sometime there is a ton of clippings left on and others not much at all.
    I will try to get some pics up

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