Spring Dead Spot Reduction

Prevent Dead Spots in Your Yard

Spring dead spot is a very significant disease on bermudagrass in NW Arkansas and has been quite severe in 2015.  It occurs every year, but some years seem to be much worse than others.  If you noticed circular dead spots in your lawn, this has been the cause.

Factors that may contribute to the onset of the disease include:  soil compaction, thatch accumulation, overwatering, poor drainage, and the variety of the bermudagrass.

Fungicides, applied in the fall, have been shown to decrease the severity of the disease.  The fungicide treatments we did last fall seem to have worked quite well.  However, often disease control with fungicides is incomplete.

If you are interested in a fungicide application this fall, please contact me as soon as possible.

Photos and captions courtesy of Dr. Aaron Patton, University of Arkansas.

A. Spring dead spot appears in circular patches and may be confused with grub damage.

B. The disease primarily affects the roots.

C. Diseased areas may not fill in with bermuda grass until July or August.

D. Weeds are often a problem within the diseased areas.