If you’ve noticed that your Hopewell Junction, NY, lawn is showing dying patches with what appears to be pink or red fibers in them, you may be dealing with lawn disease. These red patches usually signal a lawn disease. Such lawn issues tend to appear when the weather conditions are perfect for their occurrence—for example, your landscape could have poor drainage, low levels of nitrogen in the soil, too much rain, or heat stress. Here is how a lawn care service can address the red spots in your lawn.
Identify the Cause
The first thing to do after noticing red spots in the lawn is to have the cause identified. Usually, these red spots are a sign of the disease known as red thread. Red thread is the growth of fungus Laetisaria fuciformis that appears on the leaves of the infected grass either as threadlike branches called sclerotia or as fuzzy pink clusters of mycelium. The affected areas beneath the read thread look brown or tan. This lawn disease is often confused with another disease known as pink patch.
Proper identification of this lawn disease is the key to successful treatment. Regular lawn care done by a professional will help you deal with or prevent any red spots from appearing in your lawn. The expert team at Lehigh Lawns & Landscaping Inc. can help properly identify the red spots and recommend a follow-up plan to not only get rid of the disease but uncover the conditions that have led to it. We can also provide ongoing maintenance to prevent it from happening again.
Keep the Lawn in Great Condition
The best way to prevent red spot diseases is to keep the lawn in excellent condition. Three factors contribute to the appearance of this disease: the weather conditions, the pathogen, and the host (which in this case is your lawn).
Since it is hard to control the weather, humidity, and temperature, as well as the appearance of fungus under optimal conditions, the optimal way to take care of this disease is to address the host plant. Plants and lawns can be strengthened with regular fertilizing. Aside from fertilizing, it is important to have the lawn regularly mowed and watered.
A lawn maintenance plan with Lehigh takes the guesswork out of avoiding red spots. We offer complete Residential Lawn Maintenance Services. After the initial consultation, our team will deliver a customized maintenance program that includes all of the services necessary to get your lawn clear from diseases and prevent the formation of new ones.
Since lawn fertilization as part of an ongoing feeding program is one of the most important steps of treating red spots, it is essential to start as early as possible. Sometimes, it can take up to two years to prevent the red thread from appearing in the spring. Regular fertilization that gives your lawn the proper amount of nitrogen will clear your lawn from red spots. Lehigh offers two fertilization programs: the All Lehigh 6 Step Lawn Fertilization Program and the Premium 5 Step Lawn Fertilization Program. These two programs are developed to satisfy the needs of your lawn, and they also cover fall cleanups, dethatching, core-aeration, liming and winterizing, fertilizing, and overseeding. Contact us for your personalized lawn fertilization plan.