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Lawns : Diseases

  1 - 6 of 14 answer(s)
 

moss

I'm going to paint my house and there is moss on the walls what is the best stuff to take it off. johnfrancis, Carna, Co Galway Posted: 29/03/2017

Use any mosskiller for masonary, of which there are several brands, and all loose material will have to be brushed or blasted off with a power washer.

 

Strange plant in hedge

My son found a very strange plants I think under my roadside hedge when it broke opened a big puff of smoke came out of it and as he turned it upside down loads more black Powder substance emerged it was quite unusual and have you any idea what that be we were looking for more but I haven't seen any evelyn1979, fermoy , Co Cork Posted: 29/03/2017

It was a puffball fungus, which are common in hedgerows, especially in autumn.

  Lots of mushrooms on lawn
 

Lots of mushrooms on lawn

Any treatment to remove lots of mushrooms from a lawn. My understanding was they feed on dead wood etc and once that decomposes they will go, however I seem to be getting more and more each year. Digging out source not an option. There are at several different varieties all poisonous I expect. I put Lim capsules out last year but no effect on mushrooms. laddy, , Co Cork Posted: 01/10/2016

Lawn mushrooms appear for a short period in early autumn. They are part of the season really.

The mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of fungi that feed on organic material in the soil, and also in symbiotic relationship with trees.

There are no treatments. 

If you do not like the look of them, the simplest thing to do is to brush them away or use the lawn mower.

  Fungal growth on stone paths
 

Fungal growth on stone paths

I have some " fungal" growth on my stone pathways. These areas tend to be be very wet. What is it and how can I get rid of it. It's very prolific and returns very quickly when removed. Darrachbeo, Boher, Co Limerick Posted: 29/09/2016

This is algae and can appear in  damp time. Apply bleach or some masonry algicide.

  lawn brown patches
 

lawn brown patches

I mow my lawn weekly land fertilize monthly. Can't seem to get rid of these brown areas, fungus? paxholt, Dromnea, Kilcrohane, Bantry, Co Cork Posted: 01/09/2016

Feeding a lawn monthly is too much as leaves the grass soft and prone to fungal disease, which often appears at this time of year.

Don't feed again until April and reduce feed next year. 

  Problem with lawn
 

Problem with lawn

I have a 'growth' on my lawn and have no idea what it is. Pic attached. Can you suggest what it is and perhaps suggest how i get rid of it? Brianr1967, Carluke, Outside Ireland Posted: 23/04/2016

This is lichen...it is not a diease, just growing there.

Give the grass an application of lawn feed to help it to out-grow the lichen.

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