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

Red Thread

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

Slime Mould

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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snow mould

Snow Mould

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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