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Does Humidity Hurt My Lawn?

Georgians are all too familiar with the humidity the summer season brings to the Peach State. Unfortunately, the muggy, sticky weather affects more than just the frizziness of your hair - it can also affect the health and vibrancy of your lawn!

Wet, moist conditions and high humidity levels (as well as the general heat of summer in Atlanta) have the potential to create the perfect breeding ground for fungal diseases. These diseases cause brown patches in your grass and have an impact on the overall health of your lawn. Although there’s nothing you can do to reduce the amount of humidity, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of disease. To reduce the amount of excess moisture on your lawn:

  • Avoid additional watering if possible
    • If watering is necessary, water in the morning so the sunlight throughout the day can help air out the lawn
  • Increase airflow to the lawn to dry out excess moisture
    • Remove branches and unnecessary landscaping to allow more sunlight and air to reach the grass

High humidity levels increase the chances of lawn disease. If you notice discoloration on your grass blades, your lawn may have a fungal disease. If that’s the case, don’t panic! Most fungal diseases can be left alone and will die off once the severe humidity levels decrease. However, there are fungicides that can aid in the treatment of lawn diseases. Your safest bet is to seek the advice of an ATL lawn care expert to see what course of action is best for your current lawn situation.

On the bright side, you’re not alone! Lawns often struggle to thrive in such hot and humid weather, so chances are your neighbors are facing the same issues that you are. Fall and the cooler weather that accompanies it is just around the corner!

If you have additional questions about lawn disease, we’d love to help! Give us a call or fill out a contact form today.

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