Have we entered into spring already? As we ended February and rolled into March, we have already seen a drastic rise in temperatures, but is the warm weather here to stay?

Around this time every year we have to play a guessing game as to what our temperatures are going to do. When you ride around your neighborhood, you might see people out watering the lawns and some already throwing out fertilizer, but we urge you to take caution.

When we get a few warm weeks and the grass begins to slowly turn green, we cannot quite assume spring is here, and acting too early can lead to some unnecessary problems in the lawn.

Early fertilization and excessive watering during our transition in the spring or fall are key contributors to fungal issues. There are many types of fungus that we see this time a year but the most notable is brown patch, which is formed in circular patterns in the yard and usually highlighted with a yellow or red ring.

If you spot a fungus developing in your yard, there are a few key steps that should be taken.

First we want to make sure that all irrigation is off and that the fungus is treated with a fungicide application to prevent the fungus from worsening or spreading. One should avoid mowing or excessive foot traffic across the lawn as this can transmit the fungus to other areas.

Areas that have been affected by fungus are typically the last to green up, but don’t panic! It always helps to add some nice organic topsoil.

Once we’re past the fluctuating temperatures and have completed the green-up process you should then be safe to apply your first round of fertilizer and begin watering.

Let’s talk about the most effective way to water. Your watering should be taken care of early in the morning, right before the sun peeks over the horizon.

It is best to water deep and less often. Ideally you want to produce an inch of water per zone in the lawn and starting with just one day a week.

Remember, you should always monitor what Mother Nature is providing so you don’t drown your yard. The most reliable way to do this is with a rain gauge.

Mark Deloach is the owner of Lawn Doctor of Beaufort County.