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  • Writer's pictureJoseph Pacocha

Watch out for RUST…….. ON YOUR LAWN!!!

Updated: Oct 21, 2021

Yes, lawn rust!

When we hear the word rust we usually think of deteriorating steel or iron somewhere in our local surroundings.  However, you may be interested to learn more about a common lawn disease that shares the same name.  Whether it be the tell-tale sign of your shoes turning orange when walking across the lawn or the lawn taking on a semi-faded orange color, your lawn is likely dealing with this common late summer fungal related disease called lawn rust.

Pacocha - Lawn Rust on Shoe

Here are a few lawn rust specifics for your review.

  • Shoes become orange colored when walking across the lawn (orange/brown/rust colored powder sticks to shoes)

  • Lawn takes on a temporary rusty color (entirely or in patches)

  • Usually found during late summer/early fall season 

Pacocha - Rust on Blade of Kentucky Bluegrass
  • Very common when lawn has gone dormant (partially or fully)

  • Disease very likely when high humidity AND high temperatures are the norm

  • In severe cases, rust disease may thin overall lawn (although not very common).  Plant premium site-specific grass seed to rebuild lost density as needed.

  • Core aerate and/or mechanically power rake all lawn areas to break down/remove problematic excess thatch

  • Perform infrequent watering and continue lawn fertilization (nitrogen in particular) to speed recovery

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any questions or service requests you may have.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

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