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Red Thread

Look out it’s the red menace…

Red Thread is the most common lawn fungal disease in the UK and at some point it is highly likely that your lawn will suffer from it at some degree, even though it might not be enough for you to notice. Red Thread tends to be a bit of a nuisance rather than a fatal lawn disease as it does not kill the roots of the grass plant. With good practice it should be fairly easy to control without the need to rely on the use of fungicides every time there is an outbreak.

Lawns can look very unsightly for several weeks during an outbreak of Red Thread. This disease can be identified during the early stages by a tiny pink fungus which forms on the leaf of the plant which then causes the leaf to turn a bleached colour through the latter stages. Small or large areas of lawn can be affected and it can happen at any time of the year – at times weather patterns might trigger an outbreak.

Some lawns and grass types tend to be more susceptible than others and there are a variety of reasons for this. Lawns grown on inert or soils with low nutrient capacity are often the worst affected and some modern varieties of grass species have less resistance.

The way we manage our lawns can make a difference on how the grass plants resist the red thread fungus. Modern fungicides will stop the fungus from spreading and will protect against attack for a limited period of time but are not a long term solution. It is far better to work with prevention over a long period of time rather than a short term cure.

How to identify Red Thread in your lawn, and tips and advice on preventing this lawn disease and treating it if it does occur.

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Red Thread

  • Common Name Red Thread
  • Scientific Name Laetisaria fuciformis
  • Areas affected Turf grasses
  • Main Causes Fungus
  • Timing All year round, but more common in autumn

What is Red Thread?

Red thread is a common cause of patches of dead grass on lawns. It is type of fungus called Laetisaria fuciformis and can occur at any time of the year if the conditions are correct. The fungus is most serious on red fescue but other grasses (such as perennial ryegrass and annual meadow grass) are also susceptible.

Symptoms & Occurrence:

Red Thread can occur all year round, however the disease is most prominent during wet and humid conditions, therefore it is most common in late summer and autumn.

Control:

Improve the drainage and aeration of your turf by using a scarifier. This will also remove thatch, moss and leaves from the grass. Also, ensure that your soil is not deficient in macronutrients such as nitrogen.

Control

We recommend using a specialist pesticide such as Inter Tebloxy (a contact and systemic turf fungicide) to control Red Thread. Instrata Elite can also be used.

For more information on controlling Red Thread, please get in touch with our sales team on 01522 246491.

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