Red Thread Can Really Spoil The Look Of Your Lawn

If you are noticing your lawn is developing straw coloured patches, about the size of a saucer to a dinner plate, your lawn might well be infected with Red Thread.

Red Thread is the most common of fungal diseases that will attack the majority of lawn grasses. It is a particular problem for perennial rye grass (Lolium perenne), annual meadow grasses (Poa annua) and fescues such as red fescue (Festuca rubra).

This lawn fungus favours mild, damp weather when the canopy of the grass becomes humid, usually during late Summer, but it can develop at any time of the year when the conditions are conducive.

The current wet and warm weather is creating perfect conditions for the fungal disease Red Thread to infect lawns.

Red thread inlawnRed Thread comes in two forms, the form that gives the disease its name can be identified by very thin strands of grass that protrude from the grass blade. These strands are red or pink in colour and called stromata. If not treated they can remain within the soil for up to two years.

 

 

 

Red thread can really spoil the look of your lawnThe second, takes the form of pink cotton wool or a candy floss like substance, found in the crown or on the upper tips of the grass blade. This is mycelium and is usually most visible during wet but humid weather conditions.

Although Red thread is soil borne, the disease can be spread by water and strong winds and can even be moved around when you mow your lawn.

Red Thread can live in soil for many years before making an appearance on your lawn.

If you suspect that your lawn is infected with Red Thread fungus, don’t hesitate to do something about it. You can contact us for a FREE lawn survey. One of our fully trained lawn care professionals will visit you and your lawn and will identify any lawn issues you may have.

Is the grass looking greener over the fence?

You live right next door to each other and you give a nod hello while you are both mowing, watering and maintaining your lawns. But why does your neighbour’s lawn look so much better than yours?

You may think you are both carrying out the same lawn care, but if you take a closer look, there will be some important reasons why you have different lawns.

A lawn that looks lush green and healthy will be well cared for and will include the following:

 

  • Quality Fertilisation – Fertilising is more science than a guessing game. Placing the exact amount of Fertiliser at the right time for the right type of grass is really important. You will need to apply a regular application of the correct and seasonally balanced quality Fertiliser to maintain the health and appearance of your lawn. It is important to know that your lawn requires different amounts of specific chemical elements throughout the year to thicken up and grow green and healthy. You can see more about Fertilisation here.

 

  • Regular Maintenance – A quick mow and water just won’t cut it when it comes to lawn care! Think a little more about preventative care and you will be on your way to getting the lawn you desire. It does require a little work of course. You can achieve a great looking lawn with basic maintenance but if it has a few too many issues to handle then a more advanced approach is needed. It really does depend on the condition your lawn is in. Either way regular maintenance will play a key role in your lawn’s look and health. At Lawnscience we provide our customers with a Standard Treatment Programme and a Premium Treatment Programme.  A Standard programme is designed to quickly improve the quality of your lawn and will eradicate any weed growth. There will be 5 Treatments spread throughout the year. These can be tailor made to suit the condition of your lawn and your budget. Our Premium Treatment Programme is an enhanced version of our Standard Programme. It will provide your lawn with essential nutrients ensuring it becomes the quality lawn you dream of. It also includes a soil conditioner which will enhance root development and assists recovery after any periods of stress. You can see more about our Treatment Programmes here.

 

  • Quality Seeding – Lawns can get patchy and thin over time. If your lawn is like this it will be struggling to keep weeds at bay. Your lawn’s grass needs to be deep and dense to fight off weeds. If you think you have applied the wrong seed to your lawn or you just don’t know what type to buy, just contact us to find out what type of seed your lawn needs to get it looking thicker and greener.

 

  • Good Soil pH – If your lawn has too much acid, it can cause damage to your lawn. Acidic soil causes your lawn to struggle to maintain it’s health. At Lawnscience we carry out a Soil test on our first visit to your lawn……a quick glance at a lawn will not provide you with the correct analysis of your soil’s health and pH.

 

  • Weed and Disease Control – Many people will treat weeds after they have already grown or they are trying to treat lawn disease after it has already infected your lawn. Unfortunately this is not an effective way to fight these nuisance issues. We believe that preventative lawn care is the best way to make sure your lawn looks its best. A lot of people find DIY products can be ineffective and costly. If you want quality herbicides applied to your lawn at the right time, it is best to contact a quality lawn care company whose professionals will be qualified in the safe handling of herbicides and may even save you some money in the long term.

 

If you are doing all of the above, that’s great, you are certainly doing your best for your lawn. But if you are still disappointed and confused as to the way your lawn looks compared to the one over the fence, then it might just be that they are getting …..……

Professional and customer with analysis_for brochureA Little Extra Help

 

Another reason why your neighbour’s lawn is looking better than yours, is that they are bringing in a little extra help…………nothing wrong with that, we all need help sometimes.

We are all busy people, with our work, families and home and we often need some help to take the strain off ourselves. A quality lawn care company will improve your lawn by regular maintenance, including weed, moss, and thatch removal, pest control and will apply quality effective treatments that will benefit your lawn. The best thing about a reliable lawn care company is that they can visit your lawn when you are not there and carry out regular lawn care for you while you are busy doing other things. This truly makes all the difference to you and your lawn.

If you want any help with your lawn please contact us, we offer a FREE on-site survey of your lawn. We will tell you about any issues your lawn may have and provide a fully costed solution for you to consider.

What have you got to lose? Get your lawn looking lush, green and healthy and you can smile knowing that it will be looking just as good…. or even better than over the fence!

Taking out a little aggression on your lawn can be a good thing

Preparing and maintaining a lawn can take quite a lot of effort, whether it is mowing, weeding or fertilising, your lawn will need quality care and attention to get it looking great. Sometimes though, we ignore the real important part of a lawn, the root zone. It’s in the root zone that the serious work takes place.

Great roots make great lawns. One of the best ways to ensure that your lawn’s roots are healthy is to regularly aerate your lawn.

 

Aeration improves the soil structure in which your roots live by introducing oxygen into the root zone, beneficial for soil microbes which play an essential role in the development and protection of your lawn’s root system.

There are two types of Aeration, solid core and hollow core, your lawn care professional will be able to advise you on the best option after they carry out an inspection of your lawn.

Benefits of aerationAeration creates tiny “air channels” within your soil. Your grass roots use these channels to grow down into the soil structure creating deep strong roots.

One of the secrets of creating and maintaining a quality lawn is down at the root zone. This is the area of soil up to six inches below the surface of your lawn. It is here that billions of beneficial microbes live. These microbes help your grass flourish by creating a healthy environment for the roots to grow.

In particular they:

1. Protect the root system from an attack from pathogens, which exist in the root zone and can cause root disease.

2. Help break down thatch, which clogs the lawn surface reducing the positive effects of fertilisation and watering.

The best way to help these beneficial microbes thrive is to supply them with oxygen and this is why we carry out a lawn Aeration on our Customers’ lawns.

Taking out a little aggression on your lawn, really can be a good thing. By punching thousands of holes in the surface of the lawn, it will drive oxygen down into the root zone which helps the beneficial bacteria thrive. Aeration may sound a little aggressive for your lawn, but done well, by a qualified lawn care professional, you will see great results and your lawn will reap the benefits of this great treatment, getting it on its way to looking lush, green and healthy. A lawn you will be proud of.

Aeration is a beneficial process to achieving a beautiful lawn, but most people don’t realise it or understand the process. If you think your lawn will benefit from Lawn Aeration or if you have any lawn care issues you are concerned about, just contact us. We will visit your lawn and provide a FREE on-site lawn survey. Our professionals will only apply treatments that will benefit your lawn.