Tag Archives: Red Thread

Red thread is the common name for the fungal lawn disease laetisaria fuciformis. It is a very common lawn disease in the UK.

Red thread on lawns

The infection appears as circular patches of brown / pink coloured patches of grass. Upon closer inspection, fine red cotton-like strands grow out of the grass leaves. This is where it gets it’s name.

The infection moves between grass plants and spreads across a lawn. It can dramtically affect the look of a lawn.

Find out more about laetisaria fuciformis, how to spot it and how to control it, in these blog posts.

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 »

Question: Lawn looking like straw after cut

By | 15/08/2017

I received this question from a reader from surrey in August 2017 who is worried his newly turfed lawn looks like straw. Hi. Unfortunately I live in surrey but came across your site. Thank you for offering to reply to my email. I installed a lawn 3 months ago. I put down 20 tonnes of topsoil. It was… Read More »

Why does grass turn yellow in the winter?

By | 27/01/2017

In the UK, the winter months of December, January and February are cold and dark. There can be as little as 8 hours of daylight per day, and most of this can clouded over. Many plants hibernate through the winter because it is not worth them trying to make food. Trees drop their leaves and herbaceous plants die… Read More »