Why Does Your Lawn Look White?


You've been working hard on your lawn all year. You fertilize, mow regularly and never take too much off the top. But lately you've started noticing that certain parts of your lawn look white. This is not an uncommon problem for many homeowners. If you're seeing white on your lawn, then the cause is likely one of two things: powdery mildew or sick grass. The good news is, these problems can be remedied relatively easily.

Powdery Mildew

If the patches of white you find on your lawn are dust-like coverings of the blades, then your grass has powdery mildew. This is a common lawn disease for varieties like Kentucky Bluegrass. It's actually a fungus, like most other lawn diseases, though it's typically not too invasive. You may have noticed that the grass covered in this powdery mildew isn't getting enough sunlight, either from an over obstruction or because of recent weather patterns. You'll want to trim or prune away any blockage of sunlight that is present. Make sure not to add too much water or fertilizer to these grasses, or mow the blades too short. It's also important to note that mowing areas covered in powdery mildew may spread the fungus to other sections of your yard.

Sick, Grayish Looking Grass

This is the look that you'll see if a lawn is under a lot of stress, by which we mean drought or over-cutting. This pale coloring is a sign that you need to adjust your blade height so you're not cutting more than a third of the length of the grass blades. If you have a way to irrigate your lawn, then it's a good idea to add a little water to help nourish the roots of the grass. Keep your blades sharp and don't let your grass grow for too long without mowing, or else you'll risk taking off more than a third of the grass blades the next time you mow. With a little bit of time and patience, your grass will return to its plush green color.

This problem isn't very pleasing to the eye, but it's certainly not as bad as other lawn diseases that can occur. If you want a high quality yard, you should mow with high quality equipment. Wright offers the tools to help you get the best looking lawn on the block. Start mowing the Wright way today and find a local Dealer . It's also the perfect time of year to take advantages of the savings you'll get through our Seasonal buying program .

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