lawn scarification recovery

If you've never seen a scarified lawn before, you might find this photo a little bit concerning. The lawn looks dead, dry, and pretty barren. For people who take pride in their lawns, this is exactly the kind of look you want to avoid. However, this lawn is actually on its way to becoming greener and healthier than it was before!

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We recently provided a lawn scarification service for a customer in Caerleon. As a result, the lawn's appearance has visibly improved - take a look at these before and after photos!

Lawn scarification before and after

Lawn before (left) and after (right) scarification

As you can see, this lawn used to look a little bit patchy, but we worked our magic and it's looking a lot greener now!

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beautiful lawn in the sunshine

Have you been peering out of your window and noticing that your lawn isn’t really growing and is starting to look… a little bit brown and sad?

Perhaps it’s time you treated your lawn to our lawn scarification service! Lawn scarification is a great way to remove moss and thatch that has developed over the surface of your lawn, allowing fresh, green grass to grow through!

One of our clients, a loyal customer for many years now, recently asked us to carry out our lawn scarification service on her lawn. She was really pleased with the service we provided and even answered a few questions about her experience. Keep reading to see what she thought…

Why did you choose Lawn & Weed Expert?

We have been using Lawn & Weed Expert for many years.  We are happy with their service and find them to be very reliable and great value for money.

What problems were you experiencing before you had your lawn scarified?

There was a lot of dead moss in the lawn which was brown and unsightly and was stopping new grass from growing through.

What was the scarification process like? Did it take long?

It took one to two hours and was no hassle at all.  All the dead moss was put into the garden waste wheelie bin and we put that out on the next collection.

Was the scarification service successful? How does your lawn look now?

The scarification service was thorough and very successful.  I cannot see any dead moss in the lawn now.  It did not take long for the grass to recover and for the new seeds to grow through because we also had it re-seeded.  I would say it only took three to four weeks for the lawn to look normal again.

Would you recommend Lawn & Weed Expert’s scarification service to others?

Yes, I would recommend the scarification service!

We are so pleased that our scarification service lived up to our lovely client’s expectations! Our scarification service works wonders for lack-lustre lawns. Want to enquire about our lawn scarification service? Click the button below to find out more!

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Red thread disease is one of the most common fungal lawn diseases in the UK.

As the name suggests, this unsightly ailment is characterised by a reddish tinge. It is particularly prevalent in humid conditions.

 Red thread disease

Red thread lawn disease (photograph by Kris Lord)

If your lawn looks like the photo above, you're in the right place. This page is dedicated to all things red thread - including how to get rid of it.

 

What does red thread disease look like?

As far as textbook definitions go, red thread is often described as pink mycelium clusters. Sadly, that description doesn't translate well to most people walking the street, so it's probably better described as patches of fuzzy red thread - hence the name!

If your lawn has been unlucky enough to succumb to the dreaded reddy threads of this fungal fiend, you may notice your lawn becoming patchy in areas, with grass turning reddish-brown in colour.

In some cases, red thread can also be lighter in colour, with light pink patch grass forming; however, don't let its delicate colour fool you - it can be a real eyesore that can spread and spoil your green garden in no time.

 

What causes red thread disease?

Red thread disease can occur at any time throughout the year; however, it's most common during the later summer months and early autumn.

Red thread can easily develop in moist, humid conditions and is more likely to rear its reddish head during times of hot yet damp weather.

Poorly-aerated turf that's deficient in nitrogen is also the perfect platform for red thread to thrive. While it can affect a variety of grass lawns, red thread commonly affects red fescue, bentgrass and perennial ryegrass - three of the most common types of lawn grass in the UK.

Red thread can be easily spread through lawn mowing and transfer of spores through air and water. Meanwhile, red thread is also easily transported via contaminated tools or shoes, so be careful where you walk - don't tread on the thread!

 

The biology of red thread lawn disease

The thread-like structures found with red thread disease, also known as stromata, can survive on leaf debris and in the soil for up two years. The spread of the disease is caused by airborne or waterborne spores or on contaminated shoes and tools. Prolonged dampness on leaves is required for red thread disease to occur, so is most likely to be an issue during wet summers and heavy dews in autumn.

Red thread lawn disease is commonly produced on turf which is poorly aerated and deficient in nitrogen. Even if nitrogen is applied, heavy showers may wash it down below the root zone of the turf, particularly on light soils. 

The fungus does not affect the root system of the grass and recovery may happen after a few days or weeks, even without remedial action. Persistent patches of red thread disease may require careful attention.  

 

Red thread lawn treatment

Luckily, red thread is a surface problem and doesn't cause lasting damage to the roots beneath. As such, effective treatment can see your grass return to its natural green in a few weeks or even as little as just a few days' time.

  • Chemical warfare - If you're looking to rip your red thread to shreds, the RHS recommends trifloxystrobin for red thread treatment. In the UK, this chemical can be found in many over-the-counter fungicide treatments, such as Bayer Garden. While these treatments can be used year-round, over-use could lead to the fungus developing immunity to the chemical, so be sure not to use more than twice a year to be safe.

  • Non-chemical treatment - If you want to avoid using chemicals in your garden, applying nitrogen to the area can often suffice. However, this tactic isn't without its risks either. Application of nitrogen after August can lead to further infection in the form of snow mould.

  • Wait and see - In some cases, red thread can disappear without treatment. That being said, if you're concerned enough to be reading about it, chances are that your red thread issue may warrant a once over by some fungicide. After all, the best form of defence is attack, right?

 

How to prevent red thread disease

It's often said that prevention is better than cure, so it's wise to pick up a few tips on how to avoid red thread disease and ensure it doesn't crop up again in the future.

Red thread disease can be avoided in a number of ways, most notably by ensuring your grass is well-drained and aerated. Forking and scarifying your lawn surface can significantly reduce the risk of red thread, as can effective fertilisation to ensure it doesn't become nitrogen deficient.

At Lawn & Weed Expert, we specialise in all of these lawn care techniques and can effectively prevent/treat red thread in your garden both thoroughly and professionally.

For more information on red thread disease and our range of garden treatments, why not give us a call today on 0800 111 4958? Alternatively, feel free to request a FREE garden survey using the button below and let us take an expert look at your garden today!

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lawn care sully

Keeping your lawn in tip-top condition can be a tough task for any working man or woman, whether you’re nine to five or otherwise.

When it comes to the fast-paced lifestyle of 21st-century living, downtime is often in scarce supply and the garden can often find itself bottom of the priority list.

Luckily, for the good folks of the Sully area, help is at hand and that hand comes fully equipped with some seriously green fingers!

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