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South Georgia grass disease on rise because of heat stress

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –This scorching hot and unusually dry weather can be tough on your lawn.

Occasional afternoon thunderstorms aren't giving your grass much relief. In fact extension agents say the weather has made a perfect breeding season for grass diseases. Brown and green leaf spot diseases are a big problem this summer because grass is stressed by heat and more susceptible.

Dougherty County Cooperative Extension agent Rad Yager said "Right, all our grasses are susceptible to disease because of the dry weather and the lack of rain we've had."

Yager says there are herbicides available to fight grass diseases, but the best thing to help your lawn battle disease is to water it and renew its strength. He urges South Georgians to water at night, and abide by watering restrictions.


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