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This NebGuide describes the various rust diseases common to Nebraska and offers suggestions for maintaining a vigorous and disease-resistant lawn.
Rust diseases occur on all turfgrasses; however, most rust problems occur on Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, tall fescue and zoysia. In the cool-temperate regions of North America, cool season turfgrasses may suffer severe injury late in summer by attack from one of the rust pathogens. In addition, rust-weakened plants are much more susceptible to injury from environmental stresses and to attack by other turfgrass pathogens.