Dollar spot is a fungal disease of turfgrasses in Maryland throughout the growing season. Dollar spot affects all species of turfgrass grown in Maryland but most often found on Kentucky bluegrass. Can also infect zoysiagrass. Tall fescue appears to be resistant.
Hourglass-shaped lesions, extending across the blade with whitened centers and dark borders. Produces numerous two - six-inch spots.
Conditions favoring disease
- Occurs late spring through fall. Causes most damage in June-July.
- Usually more prevalent on under-fertilized turf.
- Drought, thatch, and compacted soil increase disease susceptibility.
- Follow recommended fertilizer schedule.
- Aerate and eliminate thatch in the lawn.