Sometimes, lawn diseases can sneak in and make your yard look unattractive. They can continue to develop year after year if they aren’t treated. You might feel ready to let go of your lawn after seeing Red Thread spread. There are still ways to keep your lawn healthy.
Find the Cause
Red Thread is a deadly disease and can only be eliminated if the cause is known. It typically appears in the late spring or early summer. This disease is attracted to humidity and will settle in areas that have low levels of Nitrogen.
The best time to fertilize is in the Fall, before Winter ends lawn growth. The rapid growth means that most nutrients that were previously added to the soil have been lost by spring.
Most of the Nitrogen has been used up due to the rapid growth of spring. This creates the perfect environment for Red Thread’s growth.
Identifying the Red Thread
Because of their similarities, it is hard to identify lawn diseases like Red Thread, Snow Mold, and Pink Patch. These diseases are often seen as pink clusters that look almost like cotton candy.
These pink clusters are common in fungal diseases. It can be difficult to determine the best treatment. Red Thread is named after the reddish-colored, twisted fibers that attach at the grass blades. This is an indication that you are dealing with Red Thread.
Red Thread is most likely in the soil and thatch layers. Red Thread does not affect the crown or roots of grass plants. This can be treated with fungicides. This is a cosmetic disease and it is not advised to use fungicides.
Red Thread can be treated with fertilizer twice a year: once in Fall, and again in Spring. This will replenish nutrients that have been lost during the winter and spring. This will provide the necessary amount of Nitrogen for fighting this disease. It can take up to two years for the disease to be completely eradicated from your lawn.
These are the next five steps to get rid of red thread
- A balanced fertility program is important. Don’t underestimate or overestimate the importance of fertilizing. Complete soil testing to ensure that your soil is getting the right nutrients.
- Clean your mower, shoes and other lawn equipment after each use. Spreading the disease can be caused by red thread being transferred to other objects.
- Let the grass dry as much as possible before it goes dark. If the grass is not watered in late afternoon or evening, it will remain damp overnight. This excess moisture encourages fungal growth.
- Eliminate excess thatch. Red Thread can be found in soil and in thatch layers. It is important that you remove any remaining thatch.
- If you have the disease, ensure that grass clippings are removed from your lawn once it is mowed. They can increase the amount of thatch and moisture, which can encourage disease growth.
It can be difficult to remove all Red Thread from your lawn. It is important. The fungus can cause the grass to turn brown and weaken it.
The fuzzy pink clusters and red fibers can cause lawn damage. You can get rid of this disease to have the lawn you always wanted.