The best prevention is regular maintenance, but sometimes lawn disease is hard to avoid, that’s why we’re here to help.
Lawn disease can be a sign of imbalance or stress, so Disease Management is important. We will assess your lawn and identify the disease in order to treat and restore your lawn to full health. The healthier the lawn the least likely a disease can strike.
Red Thread is one of the most common diseases for domestic lawns. It can present itself all year round, so it’s good to keep an eye out, but particularly from May onwards because it typically favours humid, warmer conditions.
Red Thread is a fungal infection that will first cause noticeable red strands on the tips of grass blades. Then, as the infection spreads these growths will meet with others, causing pink, reddish patches. When paler in colour these patches can be misdiagnosed as drought. Although it can spread quickly, it only affects the blades of grass rather than penetrating the soil, and therefore regular mowing to stop it from spreading, may help to keep it at bay.
Fusarium or ‘Snow Mould’ is another of the domestic diseases that you may find between September and March although it can present throughout the year. This disease, unlike the Red Thread, can cause severe damage and kill the grass if it is allowed to spread, so it is best to know what to look out for.
Fusarium affects the soil and the grass, hibernating during the summer months and then striking in the autumn, preferring damp conditions. Look out for small orange or yellow patches, roughly the size of a tennis ball, which will grow in size if they are left untreated.
Long periods of snow cover, leaves left on the lawn, thatch and mould all provide ideal conditions for the success of this disease. In order to help prevent it we advise that you regularly remove all debris from your lawn and consider essential Annual Treatments such as Scarification and Aeration to assist nutrient and air penetration, to improve drainage, and remove thatch.
Other, less common diseases such as Rust; creates patches of orange/yellow on the blades of grass usually in late summer and is caused by a lack of hydration. Powdery Mildew is caused by poor aeration, so, regular maintenance and a healthy lawn is the best prevention and treatment. Then you have other, more rare diseases such as Dollar Spot and Brown Patch.
In most cases lawn diseases are manageable and will dissipate as seasons and conditions change as they will no longer be able to sustain themselves or spread without specific conditions. However, in some cases where disease is severely damaging your lawn and the soil ecosystem and is not showing signs of weakening despite regular maintenance and mechanical treatments, we will be able to treat your lawn with a professional fungicide. Your So Green Lawn Manager will always discuss this method of treatment with you beforehand so you can both agree on your lawn care programme going forward.
How it works
Most treatments for diseases come in the form of regular maintenance and mechanical treatments and sometimes allowing the lawn to grow out the disease can also be an option. Once a disease is eradicated we can help to restore nutrient balance and hydration back to your lawn and conquer the source of the problem that allowed the disease to take hold in the first place. Our aim is to always get your lawn back to the healthiest it can be in order to prevent any future problems.
What to expect
Disease Management is important because treatment of such lawn diseases can take time and don’t always appear instantly effective, but through specialised lawn treatments and care, our aim is to find the cause of the stress and restore the health of your lawn and not simply treat the symptoms caused by the disease, because a healthy lawn makes it much harder for diseases to take hold.
How to prepare
In case of lawn disease and in order for best identification, please do not mow but just clear your lawn of debris so we can make a thorough assessment before treatment. Learn how to mow like a pro.
You may even want to take any photos of suspected disease affected areas and send them to us for advice at email@example.com.
Nature will always try to run its course but there are ways to prevent these diseases in the first place. The number one preventative is to have a good and strong lawn; this is supported by an effective annual lawn care programme.
Usually the spores that arrive in your lawn are airborne but spores can be spread around on the bottom of a boot or the wheel of a lawn mower, so cleaning your equipment can help. We are careful that our machines are cleaned regularly so we don’t transport spores from garden to garden.
The first signs that you might have a fungal disease include brown, white and yellow patches of dead looking grass that slowly grow in diameter.
– Available all year round
– Prevent future lawn diseases
– Stop disease from spreading
– Treat existing damage
– Regular lawn maintenance
– Spray treatment if necessary
Request your Free Lawn Analysis
Before treating your lawn we will assess your lawn using our 12 Point Lawn Analysis. We will discuss the results with you and create a tailored lawn care programme that suits your lawn so you can make the most of your garden and leave the hard work to us.