There are many things that North Carolina’s Homeowners Association members don’t want to hear about their landscaping and “You have spring dead spot” is one of them. There are quite a few reasons why a case of spring dead spot is so undesirable. Not only is it unsightly, getting rid of it often requires a long-term, HOA maintenance commitment. The good news is making that commitment early on and following through with it will yield positive results. Let’s take a closer look at why:
Spring dead spot is not like gopher holes or star-nosed mole tunnels, it doesn’t just appear overnight. Instead, it usually takes several years before the fungus fully takes hold. Plus, it generally lies in wait over the winter. So, most homeowners’ association members won’t know how bad the damage is until the seasons change, hence why it’s called spring dead spot and not something else. Unfortunately, getting the lawn to spring back once the damage has been revealed takes a long time too.
Consequently, aggressive HOA maintenance routines should ideally be started before the signs and symptoms of a ohiosphaerella herpotricha or ophiosphaerella korrae fungal infection appear. However, if they’re not started sooner than later, all is not lost. There are HOA maintenance tasks that may be performed each season to begin reversing the damage. For example, it may be necessary to cut into the soil and take pH samples early in the year. The soil cuttings will help show how bad the fungus damage has gotten and the pH levels will give crews an idea of which soil improvements are in order.
Once the soil improvements are made, monitoring can continue. Plus, as the year goes on, HOA maintenance teams can use aeration, fungicides, irrigation techniques and other measures designed to eliminate the problem. To learn more about spring dead spot and receive help in making it go away as quickly as possible, please contact us at Long Brothers Landscaping. We are a full service company with licensing and certification in many areas. So our team is more than equipped to combat a variety of turf grass problems.