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All lawns are vulnerable to disease and despite lots of care, some are simply out of our control! The most common diseases you are likely to come across in your lawn are Red Thread and Damping Off throughout the year at various times, and Snow Mould in the winter.
All of these diseases are caused by fungi (nasty but
naturally occurring bacteria) that become activated in certain conditions such
as humid or very wet weather. Find out how to cure your lawn of these common diseases
Just like we need our
vitamins, lawns need a certain balance of nutrients to keep them healthy! Red
Thread is caused by a lack of nitrogen in your lawn and you will know if your
lawn is suffering from Red Thread as your green grass blades will turn a pink-y
red colour. Warm and wet weather can cause the Red Thread fungi to grow,
encouraging it to infect your lawn. Although
unsightly, Red Thread can be quickly and easily cured. Nitrogen can be added to
your soil to give your grass the boost of nutrients it needs, and lawn food
with a high nitrogen content such as our Oh So Green will be best
at helping your lawn to recover from Red Thread, and preventing it. Here’s how
you should cure your Red Thread:
Apply Oh So Green at the recommended rate of 70g per m2.
Water the lawn food granules in until they are completely dissolved
Allow the product to work over 6 weeks to green up your lawn and remove the Red Thread disease.
Damping off can occur if
you have recently sown a new lawn or overseeded your existing lawn. Similar to
Red Thread, it can take hold of your lawn when weather conditions are humid with
heavy rainfall, creating a hot bed for fungi to grow and multiply. This
particular disease can cause emerging seedlings to collapse or never to emerge
at all. Although this can occur at different times of year, it is most likely
to happen in spring. Whilst there is no cure for Damping Off besides removal of
the dead seedlings and starting from scratch again, you can help to prevent it
by ensuring you sow / overseed your lawn in the right weather conditions. This
means sowing when temperatures are 10 degrees and above, with no extreme
weather conditions (floods, snow, frost or heatwaves) forecast for the first
two weeks post-sowing.
As its name suggests, Snow Mould is most likely to occur in the winter months. If snow lingers on your lawn for too long, it can cause fungi to grow, encouraging yellow – brown spots to develop on your lawn. It can be difficult to control, so the best course of action here is prevention. If you have prolonged snowfall on your lawn for a number of days, you should aim to shovel it off in sections so that when it begins to melt, the moisture isn’t returning to your grass encouraging more fungi to grow.