Red thread (Laetisaria fuciformis) is a parasitic fungal disease which infects grass. It can appear in conjunction with pink patch lawn disease, causing similar symptoms. The disease causes areas of grass to discolour. These are usually circular, but they can coalesce into larger areas. These patches can appear over a few days, and may stay for several weeks.… Read More »
Red thread disease (Laetisaria fuciformis) is a fungal infection which can attack grass in warm, wet summers. In 2012, red thread rose to almost epidemic levels, infecting almost 70% of lawns in the South Manchester area. The recent wet weather has meant that the grass sward is damp for most of the day which are ideal conditions for… Read More »
On my first day back out on the van after the 2012 Christmas break. The first treatment rounds of the new year saw some very sorry-looking lawns. The UK has experienced almost continual rain now for many months, often torrential. Many of my lawns have been saturated. In many cases have had to put up with standing water… Read More »
In the England, we are currently experiencing a prolonged period of warm, wet weather. Such conditions are perfect for the spread of fungal infections throughout lawn turf, as damp grass traps spores and creates the ideal environment for their growth. The most common, especially at the moment, is the fungus commonly called “red thread” (laetisaria fuciformis), and I… Read More »
As winter fades and spring approaches it is time to start planning for the season of lawn care. Your grass has a tough time during UK winters. Short days, low light levels and wet soil is far from ideal conditions for grass plants. Follow these top tips this year to bring your lawn back to its best and set it on the right path to looking great this summer.
I am often asked about mowing your lawn around lawn treatments. I am flexible as to when I visit to apply a treatment and will always be able to work around your mowing schedule, if needed. Mowing around your lawn treatments can be a little complicated. It depends on the condition of the lawn and treatments which are… Read More »
I am often asked by customers if they should sow seed or lay turf to create their new lawn. There are many factors to consider when deciding which method to choose. Find out the pros and cons to the different ways and find out which method fares better in the long run. Whether you are trying to grass a slope or building that beautiful lawn of your dreams.
I received this excellent question in July 2019. A patchy lawn is a common issue and the possible causes of this case are worth exploring further. Alex wrote: Hi Kris, I laid my lawn (turf rolls) almost exactly a year in July 2018. I prepared the surface and placed a rooting fertiliser before laying the turf. It was… Read More »
So, your new lawn is looking green. It is growing well and you are enjoying running your lawn mower over it on warm a summers evening. But, is it best practice to leave your grass clippings after mowing, or collect them up? Some folk say leave them to mulch in a “feed” the lawn, others say no way,… Read More »
In the hot summer of 2018 I was called to a beautiful home in Exeter. The owner was having great difficulty with their lawn and had become thoroughly fed up with it. It needed a complete lawn regeneration treatment. This was the state of the lawn when I surveyed it in summer 2018: Problems with the lawn The… Read More »