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These are also common lawn diseases and once again often go unnoticed.
Lawn rust will generally attack in moderate temperatures most usually in late summer or early autumn particularly on already stressed turf. This stress often comes from drought.
The disease is generally noticed as a yellowing of the grass leaves and on closer inspection you will see an orange powdery speckling on the leaf surface which easily comes off on to your fingers. These are the fungal spores ready for transfer to fresh grass leaves. As with red thread once the conditions improve there is no lasting damage to your lawn.
Mildew or powdery mildew is common in shady and or dry areas of lawn particularly on longish grass. It is seen as a powdery white covering and from a distance may look as if someone has lightly white washed the lawn!
I wouldn’t get too alarmed by this disease and manage it as follows if it occurs.
Images courtesy of the STRI
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