Category Archives: Fungi and Mushrooms

Fungi play a very important part in the ecosystems of our gardens. Many species of fungi decompose organic matter in the soils, working in symbiosis with plants to provide them with nutrients in exchange for sugars.

However, some fungi actually attack grasses, causing unsightly patches and dead grass areas.

Find out how to identify the good from the bad, and what you can do to help your grass.

Red thread lawn disease (laetisaria fuciformis)

By | 17/01/2018

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 »

Pink patch lawn disease (limonomyces roseipellis)

By | 07/01/2018

Pink patch (limonomyces roseipellis) is a parasitic fungus which can infect lawn grass. It often appears in conjunction with red thread 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… Read More »