Common Lawn Problems in Pennsylvania

As our grass starts to emerge in the spring, so too does common lawn diseases. Lawn diseases in Pennsylvania can weaken or severely damage your lawn. Spotting the signs of problems early can save your lawn and save you from a lot of expensive repair work. Here is a list of the most common lawn problems in Pennsylvania.

Snow Mold

There’s a valid justification for why we urge you to rake your lawn in the fall and prevent snow mold. Snow mold develops under heaps of leaves, snow, and other organic debris. When spring arrives, you’ll see a web-like substance on your grass. Fortunately, the condition normally clears up after raking it and letting it dry out.

Dollar Spot 

When you start to notice batches of small, round, sunken patches of pale-colored grass about the size of a silver dollar start popping up in your lawn, then it is probably a fungus called dollar spot. Usually known for affecting golf courses and recreational turf, dollar spot has become a common lawn problem in Pennsylvania. Dollar spot can affect almost all types of cool and warm-season grasses, including:


  • Fescue
  • Ryegrass
  • Bentgrass
  • Bluegrass 
  • Bermudagrass
  • Zoysiagrass


Dollar spot is most common from late spring to late fall when humidity is high and temperature ranges from 60 to 85 degrees.

Red Thread

Red thread is a foliar disease that usually occurs during the cool, moist conditions of spring and fall. The fungus most commonly affects Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and tall fescue. Residential lawns, golf course roughs, and athletic fields are common places red thread occurs. Red thread is most common in malnourished turf.

Leaf Spot 

Symptoms of leaf spot appear as round brown sores on the blades of your grass. If the disease is left untreated, the grass will start to yellow and wilt, resembling drought stress. During the summer, the disease will affect the crowns and roots of grass, destroying large parts of your yard. If you believe leaf spots to be affecting your grass, call the pros at Showcase Lawn Works.

Fusarium Blight 

Also known as pink snow mold, fusarium blight is common during hot, humid conditions of summer and late fall when our grass is under drought stress. Fusarium blight appears as light green round patches two to six inches in diameter. This fungus can be reduced by avoiding fertilizing in the fall and continue to mow your grass into the fall.

Necrotic Ring Spot

Primarily affecting cool-season grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and fescues, necrotic ring spot affects the tips and roots of the plant, causing your turf to become vulnerable to other diseases, pests, and invasive weeds. Necrotic ring spots appear as light green or straw-colored patches in your lawn that can be up to a few feet wide.

Call The Lawn Care Specialists At Showcase

If you want to ensure your Pennsylvania lawn has the best spring possible, then it’s time to invest in lawn care services near you. Here at Showcase Lawn Works, we have the experience, expertise, and custom lawn care programs to ensure your lawn gets the care it needs. Trust your spring lawn care to the pros at Showcase Lawn Works.

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