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Posted - 05/23/2005 :  7:54:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit SoloTSi97's Homepage  Send SoloTSi97 an AOL message  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

While on the topic of lawn care ... while I was mowing last weekend, I noticed an increasing number of purple/gray spots in our lawn. Not sure what this stuff is, or how I go about getting rid of it. I took some pics, hopefully someone can help identify it and how to get rid of it?

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Thanks in advance for any advice ...


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Posted - 05/24/2005 :  08:12:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

I did a Google search for "purple spots in lawn" and found this:

Helminthosporium melting out and leaf spot are two phases of a fungal disease that is especially destructive on overfertilized, lush bluegrasses. The initial phase, stimulated by cloudy, moist weather in the 70 to 85 degrees F range, displays distinctive dark purple spots that develop into buff-colored oval lesions bordered by a dark brown or purple margin. The color of the blades turns yellow and then tan. During the melting-out phase, rot develops in roots and crowns.

To handle the condition, use resistant bluegrass cultivars such as Glade, Nugget or Pennstar. Avoid excessive use of nitrogen fertilizer, water infrequently but deeply, mow high, aerate, top-dress with organic mulch and remove excess thatch.

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