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 more 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 lawn disease. However, there is still hope for your lawn.
Take the correct action and your lawn can recover. Do a soil test. Soil testing helps to develop the most accurate plan of action needed 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 blades sharp. It is also a good idea to mow your lawn more frequently & high. Avoid over watering in the late afternoons or early evenings. This will create an environment perfect disease growth. Put your irrigation on a timer to help maintain a watering schedule.
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