Ten Steps to a Healthier Home Lawn
Revised by Clint Waltz, Turfgrass Specialist and
Alfredo Martinez, Turfgrass Pathologist
Adapted from original manuscript prepared by Drs. E.A. Brown, Retired UGA Extension Plant Pathologist and
G. Landry, Retired UGA Extension Agronomist
The key to disease control is a healthy plant. Under proper turfgrass management, disease-causing conditions are often reduced and healthy turf is maintained. The following management practices will help achieve vigorous,healthy turf and reduce turfgrass disease problems.
1. Prepare the soil properly for successful turfgrass establishment.
• Take soil samples to determine proper lime and nutrient requirements.
• Remove debris such as rocks, tree stumps and other woody debris. Fairy ring has long been associated with
rotting wood and other organic materials.
• Provide proper drainage. The area should be graded to prevent surface water from collecting and making the
2 . Plant a locally adapted, disease-resistant turfgrass.
• Consult your local county Extension office for recommended varieties and cultivars for your area. Visit www.
extension.uga.edu or call 1-800-ASK-UGA1.
• Visit www.GeorgiaTurf.com, the University of Georgia’s turfgrass website.