Getting Rid of Red Thread

Red thread is a turf-grass disease most commonly caused by low levels of nitrogen in your lawn’s soil. This disease typically appears between late April and mid-June, but can reveal itself during most of the growing season. However, it is most active times during the months of May and June, when the nighttime temperatures are around 70 degrees. Specifically, when the lawns have recently grown aggressively, using up most of the nitrogen in the soil.

Red Thread gets its name from the pink-to-red antler-like structures (sclerotia) that form at the end of the infected grass blades. As the disease progresses, small (four to eight inches), circular, dead patches with a pinkish or tan cast, appear in the lawn. This particular lawn disease commonly affects Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass, and Tall Fescue.

While affected areas of grass appear to be dead, red thread doesn’t kill grass. The fungus that infects the turf lives in the thatch and soil, and can be spread by dead infected plant material, by mowing, and other mechanical maintenance tasks. The pink growths that appear in the grass do not infect the crown or the roots of the plant, so the grass is not killed by the fungus.

In order to regain the grass you once had, the extraction process must be handled very carefully. If you have Red Thread on your lawn, it is best to contact a spray service. Spray Master has well-trained professionals that can help you get rid of the disease, while also keeping up the integrity of your lawn. Not only is our staff trained to understand how lawn diseases work, but we have the technology and specified chemical sprays that can eradicate the disease from your lawn.

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Though getting rid of a few blades of infected grass seems simple, you would be wrong. The process can get very messy, quickly. For example, if you are not careful, you could unknowingly either spread the disease to other plants on your property, or kill other plants with your fungus treatment. It is best to contact a professional for this situation. Contact Spray Masters today.