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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Everyone wants a green, healthy lawn that is easy to take care of, but at what cost? The traditional method of using Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium is very detrimental to our water systems. An excess of these nutrients in water can create a rapid increase in the growth of phytoplankton, known as algal bloom. This process leads to what are called “dead zones”, areas of water where there is little to no life due to a lack of available oxygen in the water.
The threat is real. However, you can still have a beautiful, green lawn without the guilt of adding to this problem.
A little bit goes a long way in the fight to save our world, and we are proud to say that we our doing our part while still providing the utmost quality organic lawn care service that our customers have come to expect. Our product, which is living microorganisms, actually breaks down nitrates and phosphates. By increasing your soil’s microbial activity it, by design, changes the soil structure, which is the foundation for the growth of your grass.
When chemicals are constantly applied to your lawn, you risk killing off the microbial activity in your lawn and for a soil to be at its full potential to promote plant growth, we need to have the beneficial microbes working full time, all the time.
Call us today for a beautiful, green lawn naturally.
As you know, this past year we changed our product to a 100% organic product that uses microorganisms rather than nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
Chemicals which do not get utilized by grass move to the soil and into waterways which flow into local ponds and streams and eventually into places like the Chesapeake Bay. An excess of these nutrients in the water can create a rapid increase in the growth of phytoplankton, known as algal bloom. This process depletes the water of available oxygen and leads to what are called “dead zones”, or areas of water where there is little to no life due
to a lack of available oxygen in the water. The largest of these dead zones is in the Gulf of Mexico.
During this transition we promised you, our customers, that we would give a percentage of all our new sales to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which helps to fight pollution and restore the waterways. This year, Rgreen was able to give the Chesapeake Bay Foundation a check for $1500.00!