In the recent Georgia FACES article "Too Much Moisture Can Bring Brown Patch Disease to Lawns," Extension Agent Paul Pugliese explains the disease's appearance:
"Circular patches of dead grass that range from a few inches to several feet in diameter occur during periods of high humidity and warm temperatures (75ºF to 85ºF)...Brown areas of dead grass are surrounded by a reddish-brown or purplish halo. After two to three weeks, the center area of the brown grass may recover and turn green, resulting in a doughnut shape of dead brown grass."Pugliese also offers advice for improving the health of the lawn to help it resist attack by this and other plant diseases:
- Don't apply excessive amounts of nitrogen fertilizers.
- Water early in the morning to allow grass foliage to dry before nightfall.
- Mow the lawn slightly higher than normal during periods of excessively high heat conditions.
- Avoid or remove excess thatch from the lawn.
- Mow your lawn often enough that no more than one-third of the grass height is removed in a single mowing.