Brown Patch Is Appearing in Houston Lawns — Here’s What to Do
With the cooler nights and warm days we’ve been having, plus lots of moisture, brown patch is exploding all across the Houston area. In this video, Michael talks about brown patch, how you can prevent it from becoming a problem in your lawn and how you can treat it if it’s already a problem. Call 281-431-7441 for the fungicides you need to prevent brown patch from invading your lawn and treat if if you’re already seeing it.
Summary of the Brown Patch Video
Brown patch is a soil-born fungus that plagues lawns in the Houston area and along the Texas Gulf Coast. It can affect several types of grass, but St. Augustine grass is one family of grass varieties that’s affected.
Brown patch shows up in in the fall and the spring. Michael says the fall brown patch is normally worse than the spring version. So at the end of August and into September, that’s when you really have to start thinking about treating your lawn if you want to prevent it. Prevention is the key because it can be hard to control if you wait for it to become established in your lawn. If you let it get going in your lawn in the fall, you’ll have brown circles in your lawn all winter until the grass starts repairing the damaged areas in the spring.
You really need to watch the temperatures. When we start having nights in the 60s and days warm up to the 80s, you’ll start to see little yellow rings in your grass and those rings are brown patch. Brown patch is especially likely in the low-lying areas of your yard and in the shady parts of the yard that stay damp longer. We’ve just emerged from 10 days of daily rain across the Houston and Texas Gulf Coast area, and we’re already getting reports of brown patch from our customers.
You can tell active from inactive brown patch from the outside of the ring. If it’s yellow then you know the brown patch is active. If it’s not yellow then it’s not active. Whether it’s active or not, if you have a St. Augustine lawn, it’s a good idea to treat your lawn with a fungicide in the fall.
So in early September, we recommend treating your St. Augustine lawn with Nitro Phos Brown Patch PCNB, or for general protection against brown patch and gray leaf spot, we recommend Nitro Phos Eagle Turf. We use PCNB at our farm and for brown patch, we believe that it’s the best chemical that’s available to homeowners. We recommend putting it out on your lawn when that first cold front comes through and then every three weeks thereafter. You should apply according to the label, but you need to water it in to your lawn and that will probably take an hour to 9o minutes with your sprinkler.
You’ll have to retreat every three weeks or so during the fall until your grass goes into dormancy. You may want to treat again in the spring although the fall brown patch seems worse. In the spring, the grass grows in to repair any damage done by the brown patch. In the fall, if brown patch gets started the grass will go into dormancy before it can regrow and repair those circles. So you’ll be looking at those circles in your lawn all winter long. It’s best to start your PCNB treatments in the very near future to prevent brown patch from getting started in your grass.
We Carry Nitro Phos Fungicides at Our Office
Call us at 281-431-7441 for recommendations about the best way to treat brown patch in your lawn. We carry the PCNB and Eagle Turf fungicides that you need to keep it from getting started and to stop it if it’s started spreading around your lawn.
At Houston Grass South we take great pride in the quality of the turfgrass sod we deliver. We carry three varieties of St. Augustine grass, two varieties of Bermuda grass, and three varieties of Zoysia grass. Our grass is grown on our family farm in Bay City so it’s adapted to the climate and the soil of the Houston area and the Texas Gulf Coast. Check the reviews and testimonials we’ve received from our customers.
Our office is located in Arcola, just a few miles east of Sienna Plantation and just off Highway 6 on McKeever Road. You can pick up your grass at our office or we can arrange delivery. We can also arrange for professional installation too. Just call us at 281-431-7441.