Lawn and shoes looking a little rusty? Well, it’s that time of year again. Rust disease is a common late summer/fall problem on lawns. There are actually a number of species of rust fungus, Many like apple/cedar rust live half their life cycle on apples and other members of the rose family and the other half on junipers and other conifers.
Lawn rust is common when the grass plants start to slow down in fall making the grass blades more susceptible to invasion by the rust fungus. It may be unsightly but rust does little damage to the lawn and it will recover. Fungicides are not necessary nor recommended for the treatment of rust disease. Like most lawn diseases, when the weather changes, the disease will go away!