Does your lawn have circular shaped patches of red colored grass in it? Or are there ragged straw like sections in your grass? Those red, thin, & needle like patches are called red thread. Red thread is a fungal disease in your lawn. It is most active between the temperatures of 55 – 75 degrees when grass leaf blades stay wet for prolonged periods of time. This red thread fungus can be found on grass leaves from early to late spring and again from late summer into fall. There are certain environments which are favorable to its growth.
Red thread is more severe on slow growing turf-grass. Compacted soil and excessive thatch also contribute to the disease. Excess fertilizer, frequent watering, or poorly drained soil creates a favorable environment for this fungal disease to grow as well. Low levels of nitrogen and or phosphorous in your soil can be associated with severe disease situations. However, there is still hope for your lawn.
Your lawn can recover with appropriate remedial action. Do a soil test. Soil testing helps to develop the most accurate plan of action to get your lawn thick, healthy, and green again. Apply a nitrogen based fertilizer at a lower rate under heavy shade. Remember to keep your lawn mower lades sharp & high. Mow your lawn more frequently. Avoid over watering in the late afternoons or early evenings. This will promote an environment suitable for disease development. Put your irrigation on a timer to help maintain the appropriate watering schedule.
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