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rusty dust on shoes

My lawn leaves a rusty-colored dust on our feet when we walk on it. What causes this?
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The rust-colored powder on your turf is pretty easy to diagnose--it's a fungal lawn disease called rust. It thrives in moist conditions, and tends to attack turf that is already stressed and vulnerable. To treat it, fertilize your lawn with a high-nitrogen fertilizer. Mow frequently and bag the clippings to remove rust spores from your lawn. Don't worry about treating with a fungicide unless the problem is severe and these other methods fail to make a difference.

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