There are a lot of different diseases that can affect your lawn, leaf spot and melting out are two of them! For a long time, lawn care specialists didn't know the difference between these two diseases, so they were referred to as a single disease - Helminthosporium leaf spot.
As more testing was done, it came to light that despite looking similar and sharing characteristics, leaf spot and melting out are, in fact, two different diseases. Today we're going to take a look at these diseases and explain what they look like and how to treat them!
Here at Lawn and Weed Expert, we come across lots of different lawn diseases on a daily basis. Sadly, even the best-kept lawns can fall foul to lawn diseases once in a while, particularly if conditions are perfect for lawn diseases to thrive. We're going to take a look at some of the most common lawn diseases and what causes them so that you can do your part in preventing the development of lawn diseases in your garden.
The number 1 culprit - Fungus!
There are fungus and mould pathogens in most garden soils. For the most part, they live under the surface of your lawn and help to decompose thatch. In these low levels, fungus and mould can actually benefit your lawn. However, given the right conditions, a build-up of fungus and mould in your lawn can lead to lawn diseases like red thread, slime mould, snow mould and more!
Red thread is a lawn disease that's caused by the fungus Laetisaria fuciformis. It's prevalent all year-round, but it thrives in warm & wet conditions. You'll usually find it on your lawn during the summer months when the weather is humid. Red thread is a fairly common lawn disease that can be treated using a fungicide.
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Slime mould feeds on dead organic matter, so leaving autumn leaves on your lawn might be the cause of this disease. It develops on lawns when the concentration of saprophytes accelerates quickly due to warm and wet conditions. Slime mould comes in many different forms, some slime mould clings to the grass leaves while other types sit on top of the grass as if placed there. Either way, slime mould can be unsightly!
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Meanwhile, snow mould favours cold damp grass, so poor water drainage during the autumn/winter months can cause this type of lawn disease. From our experience with snow mould, the disease first presents as brown patches of grass but later turns into fuffy white material on the surface of the grass. Hence the name 'snow mould'.
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If you've noticed any of these lawn diseases on your lawn, we can help you identify the cause and treat the problem quickly. Don't let lawn diseases take hold of your lawn! Give us a call if you have any questions - 0800 111 4958.
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Red thread is a fungal lawn disease that frequently affects UK lawns. It is especially prevalent in late summer and autumn, when humidity levels are high.
If you've spotted those telltale red threads amongst the grass in your garden, don't panic - this disease can be fought! An application of fungicide should do the trick, although it may take a few weeks for your lawn to fully recover.
During the autumn months, keeping your lawn healthy can be a big task due to several common lawn diseases. In order to prevent major damage being caused to your lawn as a result of these diseases, it's imperative that you're able to identify, diagnose and treat the diseases as quickly as possible. Here, we go through some of the most common autumn lawn diseases and offer some advice on how is best to avoid them, saving you a lot of time and money in the long run.
Signs & symptoms of autumn lawn diseases
During the hotter summer months, it's completely normal for your lawn to look a bit off-colour. However, when autumn comes along, the grass on your lawn should start to green-up again nicely. A healthy lawn will be a uniform colour with no bare bits and no odd-coloured patches. If the sward does contain discoloured spots, then there's a pretty good chance that your lawn has fallen victim to one of the common autumn lawn diseases. Typically these diseases have been confined to the autumn and winter months but their seasons are starting to expand as our winters become milder. So, despite us looking mainly at autumn diseases, be sure to take the information away and keep an eye on your lawn all year round.
So, let's take a look a the different autumn lawn diseases you are likely to come across!
The grass in your back garden is a living thing, and just like human beings, lawns are susceptible to a variety of diseases.
If your lawn has been looking a little unhealthy of late, the cause may well be some kind of lawn disease. But there are lots of different conditions that can affect British lawns - so how do you identify what type of disease you're dealing with?