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Leaf spot on Oak trees from one of our readers.

QUESTION: "For the past three years, I have had a terrible problem with leaf spot, dollar spot etc and in the spring red thread. I have not been able to control it and it has gotten worse every year. I had a lawn service one year and have treated it myself the last two seasons. My lawn is the typical Kentucky bluegrass, fine fescue. It looks great in the early spring and then the fungus begins around the first of May. This year is even worse and now my lawn has even thinned out in many areas The fungus appears worse in full sun areas. I have been putting down the Scotts Fungus Control since May and it seems to do nothing. It's so bad, that in the early morning, the white cottony 'tuffs' are very noticeable on the grass. I have had two lawn care companies come out and they both mentioned the leaf spot and dollar spot, but were only interested in selling me the annual programs and fertilizer treatments. Is there a short term solution/control for the fungus I have right now and what do you suggest as a long term solution to eliminate the problem every year?" – Kim Woodruff

ANSWER: It sounds as if you have a beautiful lawn. I really think your best bet would be to go with a reputable long term lawn care business. However, I would make some stipulations as to what you expect form them. I have had a lawn like the one you are describing at one of our properties some years ago. I had grass that was all fescue from a seed called champion 6. It was at that time a blend of 6 of the award winning fescues for that year. I never had any problem with just regular maintenance. Unless you want to redo your yard I would go with professionals.

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