How to Spot it:
Red thread, very similar to pink patch, first appears as small pink or red spots or patches ranging from two inches to several feet in diameter. Right around this time of year, late May and into June when the temperatures and humidity are high red thread will begin appearing. The grass will look greasy before the spot dries and fades into a light tan color. The tips of the grass blades may be covered with fine pink or red threads, giving this disease its name. Fortunately red thread only kills the grass blades, allowing the lawn to grow new blades.
Red thread usually targets turf grasses such as bent grass, red fescue, Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass.
How to Stop it:
- Maintain the right amount of nitrogen in your soil.
- Water only in the morning and never at night and make sure not to overwater.
- Maintain a soil pH between 6.5 and 7.0. R-green Organic applies a pH balance application to ensure that your soil will provide an optimal environment for healthy grass growth and color.
- Mow at the right height, we suggest 3 to 3 1/2 inches.
- Don’t let thatch build up and take over your turf, aerate your lawn annually.
Just remember, most turf diseases are not a major concern and will most likely go away on their own with fertilization, watering and mowing at the right height. Call us today to help keep your lawn disease free. Our EcoLawn Premier Program includes insect and disease prevention and we guarantee it 100%.
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This is the time of the year that ants begin entering your house and parading around your kitchen floors and counters. Also seen are spiders, silverfish, earwigs and other outside crawling insects.
The first thing to do is to follow the ant line to see where they came from and how they are getting into your house. Check for any cracks or small opening around your windows, screens and doors that pests could crawl through.
However, the best solution to this problem is to stop these pests before they enter your home and by discouraging them from coming back. This can be done by spraying a liquid “barrier” around the perimeter of your home. Here at R-green Organic we use a natural deterrent to control crawling insects, thus reducing our carbon footprint by 95%. It’s great for the environment and more effective.
Call us today at 888-578-LAWN to keep these annoying pests out of your home!
Some days it would be really nice to repeat this childhood rhyme and make it come true.
Heavy rainfall is never good for fertilizing, however, in light rainfall fertilizing can actually be beneficial.
During a rain fall, plants’ stomata (pores) open up for rain which allows for a perfect time to fertilize to ensure that the fertilizer will be washed into the soil and become available to the plant.
Applying fertilizer before rain also provides insurance that it will washed into the soil and soaked up by the plant. Of course, if heavy rain falls are expected, it’s best to not fertilize to avoid washouts and leaching.
Here are some ways to restore your lawn once the heavy rain fall stops.
- Try to stay off the grass immediately after the downpour. Wait until all traces of standing water disappear.
- Route any standing water away from low spots in your lawn. Simple trenches should work.
- Reseed if grass thins out due to a soggy lawn.