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by pv_alan on October 23, 2003 05:03 PM
it is the end of the season in Chicago, but I have finally identified 'powdery mildew' as the invader of our lawn. One source says to treat it at 1st signs but that was 3 months ago. Also read that it can survive winter in the thatch. Anyone know what to do here? Treat now, wait til spring? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to email directly...thanks
by njoynit on October 23, 2003 07:09 PM
ok not a lawn expert here but know you can treat powdery mildew with milk or a fugaside(spl wrong)can use any kind of milk just do a 50% thing with it.need better air circulation or maybe dethatch your lawn so air gets to the roots.they make grass seed that is PM resistant.i know KY bluegrass will grow there
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by BFVISION on October 25, 2003 08:14 PM
Be careful about cleaning up the mower too. If you have someone cutting your lawn it could have been brought in.I would do exactly what the last reply indicated but would also clean my mower real well too.

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by Beverly Miles on February 29, 2004 11:29 PM
Don't know what kind of grass you have but when I get it in bermuda in Tx, I use a fungicide and it helps to cut it low and blow the cuttings and thatch out of it so the roots can breathe. You can clean your mower with diluted clorox and water. If you rinse it out after every use, you can avoid alot of the fungus problems. Lawn services are the most widely source of fungus problems. At the beginning of the growing season I cut it short and blow all the thatch out and put fungicide out twice a year to combat fungus and brown patch etc. during the growing season. In Tx especially during our hot summers, we face alot of brown patch, grub worms, fire ants and just about everything else a lawn can get it seems like. Remember fungus is like a mold and it needs a moist place to grow, and the more air that circulates through the roots, the better off your grass will be. [Smile]

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