Spring doesn’t just bring longer days, warmer nights, and lots of pollen. It also means it’s time to look out for lawn fungus. The most common fungi to look out for in May include dollar spot and brown patch. Dollar spot fungus causes little tan patches that usually start off about the size of a silver dollar. The patches will eventually blend together and become much larger. It thrives in slightly cooler temperatures. Brown patch is caused by a fungus named Rhizoctonia. It’s especially active in warm, humid temperatures. You’ll first notice a brown circle of dead grass, often surrounded by a dark, narrow ring. It spreads quickly, so if you notice this, don’t delay. Lawn fungi are made worse by weather conditions. When the temperatures reach above 70 degrees at night, fungus really start to become apparent (since that’s finally started to happen, it’s time to keep your eyes open!). A number of other factors can encourage the growth of fungus on your lawn, though. Compacted soil and overwatering are the primary culprits here. Core aeration services from Alternative Environments will make sure your soil is loose and less likely to encourage fungal growth. It will also make it easier for the soil to accept water, which will help prevent overwatering. And of course, if you notice any of the signs of lawn fungus, call us! Timely treatment is just as crucial as prevention. Contact Alternative Environments if you suspect you have lawn fungus and let our professional staff help take back your lawn.