What is happening to my lawn you ask? Well your lawn has a common disease called red thread, Laetisaria fuciformis. Red thread usually targets turf grasses such as bent grass, red fescue, Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass.
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 are between 60-70 degrees and it’s wet and overcast and the humidity is 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.
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. Rgreen 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.
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