Can a lawn mower spread fungus?

Can a lawn mower spread fungus?

Have you noticed that the grass in your yard is no longer bright, green but turns brown/yellow/orange in some places? It can only mean one thing - fungi have appeared on your lawn. No matter how much you water the lawn, you can no longer achieve the desired color and density of the grass and now you are wondering, how to refresh the lawn and return it to the old and what caused your lawn to suddenly turn brown? In addition to brown spots, you may notice streaks on the lawn, some spots on the leaves, discoloration, and more. If you notice any of this, don’t worry! This problem can be easily solved!


Why did fungi appear on the lawn?

If a lot of rain has fallen or drought has occurred, if you have watered the lawn more than necessary or you have simply not taken good care of your lawn, fungi are likely to appear on it. In addition to these reasons, lawn fungus can also occur if you have chosen the wrong type of grass for your lawn, or the soil is compacted, also if you have applied too much fertilizer to your lawn or used the wrong type of fertilizer. However, you are interested in the following:


Whether your lawn mower can cause fungus to appear on the lawn?

Unfortunately yes. When mowing, fungi can catch on the blade or wheel, even on other parts of the lawn mower. If the fungi existed in one part, further mowing will spread them over the entire area you are mowing. In order to prevent the spread of fungi, it is necessary to clean the lawn mower well and keep it tidy. This of course doesn’t mean that the spread of fungi on the lawn will certainly occur, but that the fungi can spread through the mower, they can.

So to clarify: it is necessary to cumulatively meet three conditions in order for the fungi to spread across the lawn. The fungus needs a host through which it will spread across the lawn, it is necessary for the fungus to come into contact with the host plant, and then there is an environment in which the fungus can spread and grow. The fungus will spread most quickly on wet and damp lawns.


How does fungus spread when mowing lawns?

The reasons how fungi can spread across a lawn mower are innumerable and here we will describe the way through a lawn mower. The fungus attaches to your lawn mower although it doesn’t necessarily have to be a mower, during mowing the fungus can also attach to your clothes or shoes. Fungi can spread by air or wind. Through the mower can spread various fungi like brown patch, leaf spot, or dollar spot and what type of fungus has developed in your case will depend on the garden grass you have.


Can I prevent the spread of fungi caused by mowing?

Yes! To try to prevent the spread of fungus on the lawn caused by the mower, keep the blades on the mower sharp, mow the grass to the correct size, disinfect and wash the bottom of your mower before mowing. Even if you haven’t had a problem with fungus on your lawn, don’t skip these steps! These tips can only help you maintain your lawn properly. If your grass has grown a lot, cut only one-third of the length of the grass during one mowing and then wait a few days and mow the rest because if you cut a large amount at once, the grass will weaken and become more susceptible to fungal diseases. As we mentioned that fungi will spread the fastest on wet lawns, the next fastest way to spread the fungus is dry lawns. Therefore, your lawn needs to be something in between. Watering is enough 1 to 2 times a week in small quantities. Try mowing only dry grass as mowing wet grass will make the fungus spread more easily.


How to properly clean the mower?

It’s necessary to empty the fuel tank, separate the spark plugs and take the garden hose. Tilt the mower to the side, rinse the grass with a hose, and scrape off hard parts that cannot be cleaned with water. Before you start cleaning, check the manual to see if there are any additional recommendations for cleaning your type of mower.


Final thoughts

Be careful and make sure you maintain your lawn constantly, not just when fungi appear. The lawn should be watered properly (try to do it in the morning because the soil absorbs water in the morning while excess water can evaporate during the day), fertilize it with the fertilizer that suits the type of grass you have (we recommend organic fertilizer with potassium and nitrogen), mow it properly (when the grass is dry + mow part by part) and with a clean and sharp lawn mower. The chances of you getting fungus with all this are miserable.