disease

White Patch

To give it the correct name Fusarium Patch (Microdochium nivale) or Snow Mould is a common fungus present in all lawns. Fusarium Patch appears as patches of white pinky mould starting on the grass tip and eventually covering the whole blade. The patches often clump together to form large blankets of diseased grass which will die if weak. It appears after snow in spring and in the autumn in muggy wet weather and loves shady damp areas. Prevention is the best defence, as the use of fungicides is relative expensive.


Treatment

  • Good lawn care is the key for managing this disease.
  • Improve drainage by regular aerating in spring and autumn and keep the lawn healthy by regular feeding.
  • In autumn and early winter spray with iron sulphate.
  • Do not pile snow and compact it on the lawn.
  • Each morning after a heavy dew brush the lawn with a Besom broom or long cane to help the lawn dry out – prevention is better than cure!

 

 

Red Thread

Red Thread is a very common disease and is likely to be found in the majority of lawns. It is normally seen in the early to mid summer, especially if the weather is warm wet and damp – conditions that this disease enjoys. Although unsightly the lawn does recover. The grass blade will display a distinct red tinge and upon inspection small red needle like growths can be seen protruding from the blade. The blade will often die but the root will not be damaged.

 

Treatment

  • Good lawn care is the key for managing this disease.
  • Improve drainage by regular aerating in spring and autumn and keep the lawn healthy by regular feeding.
  • Keep an airy aspect – cut back shrubs and overhanging trees to encourage air movement.
  • Do not over water your lawn and do not water in the evening as laying water and dampness make the lawn vulnerable to the disease.
  • A good nitrogen based feed will stimulate new growth allowing you to "mow out" the affected grass.
  • Destroy the clippings carefully – do not use on the compost heap
  • If bare patches arise then rake out and re-seed.

 


Toadstools

Toadstools are common fungi that often appear on the lawn year after year. They love damp wet humid conditions and are most active in spring and autumn. They will often appear over buried rotting tree roots and or other debris.

 

Treatment

  • Improve drainage by regular aerating in spring and autumn and keep the lawn healthy by regular feeding.
  • In autumn and early winter spray with iron sulphate
  • Dig out buried debris, remove contaminated soil, replace with sterilised top soil and reseed.
  • When toadstools are first seen on the lawn brush them off or use a mower before they get chance to bloom
  • A few broken pieces will soon disappear as they are virtually made of water.

 

How much do the treatments cost?

Our charges are based on the size of the lawn we are caring for. Treatments start from just £16 inclusive, per visit for lawns up to 100 square metres. Our core programme involves 5 visits which would be a total cost of £80 per year.

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