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 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.
The 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.