What to Do About Gray Leaf Spot

What is gray leaf spot and what can you do about it if you find it in your lawn?  Houston Grass Owner Michael Romine talks about gray leaf spot in this video.  For quick answers to your questions, please call 281-431-7441.

Summary of the Video About Gray Leaf Spot

Brown Spots Indicate Gray Leaf Spot
Brown Spots Indicate Gray Leaf Spot

Gray leaf spot is an issue with the St. Augustine grasses in general.  It appears as little brown freckles on the green leaf of grass. That’s the first sign of the problem.

It’s not predominant in the Palmetto St. Augustine, but because Palmetto St. Augustine is usually put in the shade, that grass variety is often affected.  Gray leaf spot is a fungus and since grass in shade may never really dry out if it’s watered a lot, it’s often at risk.

The gray leaf spot develops with excessive nitrogen and excessive moisture, and then if you install grass sod in the shade, those are really good conditions for creating that fungus. It’s usually a June, July, and August, problem because the fungus has to have the heat as well.  So you’ve got to be careful about watching for gray leaf spot when you lay new grass and you water it a lot to get it established.  You have no choice but to water it a lot during the first week or two as described in our Tip Sheet for Newly Installed Grass.

When you do that, you create conditions for gray leaf spot. And if you’re in the shade, like with a Palmetto St Augustine, it can, it can really be an issue.

Heritage G Can Prevent and Treat Gray Leaf Spot

Houston Grass carries a that are very effective in treating gray leaf spot.  Heritage G is a granular fungicide that we carry in two sizes. You can put it out on newly installed grass about a week after installation and it will prevent gray leaf spot from getting started. You can also use Heritage G on your established grass to prevent and treat gray leaf spot. This product also works well to prevent and treat brown patch in the spring and fall.

This Heritage G does an excellent job in treating fungus attacking Houston lawns. It is a granular fungicide that treats all of them well. We carry this product in two different sized bags. This is a 10-pound bag, and we also have a 30-pound bag. The 30-pound bag treats up to 15,000 square feet.

Michael Romine

Get the Heritage G You Need

You know your yard so you know which areas tend to stay damp. We recommend that you treat those areas with Heritage G to prevent gray leaf spot. But if you spot signs of gray leaf spot in your lawn, it’s important to act quickly to prevent further damage. Call us at 281-431-7441 for more information.