Red Thread

Symptoms: Begins as irregular patches with dead leaves interspersed with live plants. Patches become more bleached and may also have a pink tinge. Close inspection will reveal pale pink to red needle-like growths (the red threads). Pink mycelium may also be present in conducive conditions.

Main Causes: Fungus.

Time of Year: Spring to Autumn.


Cultural: Remove surface moisture (switch when dew occurs); encourage morning sunlight penetration; encourage air movement over the surface; ensure appropriate fertility.

Biological: Oversow with red fescue.

Chemical: Effective fungicides are available. Curative control at the first signs of disease is typically optimal.

Speak to your East Riding Turfcare Area Manager, or a member of our Technical Team about the best control solution.

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