We offer red thread disease prevention to Allentown, Bethlehem, and the surrounding areas in Pennsylvania.
Red thread begins to form when there is excessive moisture and the temperature is around 40 degrees.
Keeping lawns healthy in Pennsylvania involves a long list of lawn care tasks, and whether or not they are performed routinely, your grass can still be at risk to catch a lawn disease if conditions are right. One of these diseases is called red thread, which forms under excessive moisture and when temperatures are around 40 degrees.
Our company offers red thread prevention and treatment for residential, commercial, and HOA properties in Bethlehem, Allentown, Emmaus, and nearby areas in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania.
What Exactly Is Red Thread & What Causes It?
Red thread is a fungal lawn disease that only happens in certain weather patterns. It thrives in cooler weather and loves moisture, so you will only see it in either the spring or the fall. Initially, it appears as tan or reddish patches in your grass. Once you get closer to the grass, you will see red thread-like structures coming right out of the top of the grass blades. Grass that comes down with red thread is just a type that is more susceptible to catching diseases.
Types of grass that are often susceptible to catching red thread include fine fescue, some types of bluegrass, and perennial ryegrass. If you have any of these grass types, you may see this disease pop up in spring or fall.
The disease does end up growing out once the weather begins to warm back up, but we typically see it come back as the temperatures cool back down again.
Tips to Prevent Red Thread Disease in Your Lawn
If you do not want to see red thread disease growing in your lawn, there are a couple of preventative treatments you can employ. First, since the disease loves extra moisture, strictly monitor the watering of your lawn:
- Do not water the lawn if it has already rained.
- Only water your lawn in the early morning hours so that the sun can evaporate any excess moisture. If water sits on the grass overnight, that moisture can lead to red thread.
Another option that we have found to be the most effective in preventing the diseases is to ensure that your grass is not one of the types susceptible to red thread. Generally, Kentucky bluegrass and Turf Type tall fescue are the types of grass that will not catch red thread disease. We can apply a fungicide if absolutely necessary, but we try to avoid it.
Are you seeing red thread disease in your lawn? Contact our lawn care experts to help stop it.
If your lawn in Bethlehem, Allentown, Emmaus, and other areas of the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania keeps catching red thread disease, we can help. Contact our lawn care experts today at (484) 452-3595 to learn about how we can stop the disease and restore your lawn.