• Red Thread

    Lawns are under attack!

    A fungal disease commonly known as Red Thread┬áhas become increasingly common. This is due to the wet and warm Autumns we’ve been having for the past few years it’s become more apparent.

    Predominantly affects fescue and perennial rye grass, two species of grass commonly found in most lawns. The appearance shows as patches in the lawn, which are pinky in colour.

    Upon careful examination you may even see little candy floss like balls on the grass tips. Or, as the name refers, a little thin threads, red in colour, coming off the grass.

    How Do I treat it?

    Treatment varies depending on who you ask. Most would agree that a professional fungicide is needed. These are expensive and may require repeat applications to clear the problem. A temporary fix at best!

    An alternative is to strengthen the grass with a feed. The nitrogen in a feed can give the grass the necessary nutrients to bolster it against the attack. After that, regular mowing will help to remove the affected blades.

    It’s wise to exercise caution as applying to high a nitrogen feed, can promote further disease. Fusarium, for example, which is more destructive to a lawn.

    Red thread throughout the lawn in patches and up close
    The light patches in this lawn show the disease
    Red thread patch
    Close up of red thread

    Additional Help

    For more information, take a look at this video by a lawn association member. https://www.lawn-tech.co.uk/lawn-care-guide/lawn-disease/red-thread/

    Call if you require any help with this lawn problem.