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Tall turf fescue, which most Charlotte lawns are, is a cool season turf. This means that these lawns thrive in the spring and fall, while summer is their brutal adversary mainly due to heat and humidity. The most common mistake homeowners make is to implement improper watering procedures. Fescue lawns need an inch of water per week spread over 3 applications and only in the morning.

DO NOT water in the afternoon or evening because this will further invite fungus.

In addition, do not confuse a wilted lawn with brown patch, because often times wilting indicates a lack of water, not too much.

A proactive application of fungicide every 30 days from now until August is a good measure of protection (though not total insurance against brown patch disease).

And as always, “enjoy the garden; it’s another room of your house!”™

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