What Is Spring Dead Spot?
Spring dead spot, a lawn disease specific to bermudagrass, rots stolons and roots. Straw-colored dead spots develop as the grass emerges from dormancy in spring. The spots are generally circular and may range from 6 inches to several feet across.
Watch for Dead Patches in the Spring
If your bermudagrass lawn develops circular dead spots as spring growth begins, spring dead spot fungus may be the cause. The dead grass will be sunken and straw-colored, while stolons and roots are blackened and decayed. To address the problem and help prevent further outbreaks of the disease, specific maintenance practices are recommended.
Maintain Your Bermudagrass Properly
Removing excess thatch, maintaining adequate potassium levels, and avoiding overfeeding will help prevent spring dead spot. Also, don't feed your lawn late in the growing season. Applying a systemic fungicide in late summer or early fall can help control the disease the following spring.