Lawn turns yellow with an orange rust covering undersides of
Lawn thins out.
Cause of Problem:
Active during moist weather or improper watering.
Spreads with spores.
Over stressed lawns are most effected.
This fungus is attracted to the lawn because of the rapid lush new growth of a high
nitrogen feed lawn.
The chemical fertilizer kills off all beneficial bacteria and attracts these
bacteria and fungus.
The root cause of all fungal diseases is dead soil.
Over fertilized soil, improperly cared for soil, will die and along with it goes the
support system needed by plants (lawn) to grow healthy and disease free.
Control PH due to over liming.
The very water you use has chlorine (usually) added to it to control bacteria in the
water. It is this very anti-bacterial water that kills off all beneficials in the soil
further adding to the damage caused by chemical usage.
pick a better varierty thats more resistant.
Use corn Gluten to control the rust. The corn will get moldy which will also control the rust spore.
The Organic Solution:
Take better care of your soil!
Top dress with compost several times per year.
Top dress with rock dust several times per year.
Aerate each time before top dressing is done.
Composted horse manure makes a good lawn topdressing.
Avoid using all chemical fertilizers, etc on the lawn.
A good lawn compost formula:
mix together the following:
4 parts Horse manure
1 part Rabbit or llama manure
4 parts Compost
1 part Alfalfa meal
1 part Coffee grinds
1 part Rock Dust
Blend together, screen, apply to lawn. spread evenly over lawn area. water in well or
allow to be rained on.