If you're seeing red spots on your lawn around late spring or early summer, you might be dealing with red thread. This lawn disease is common in Virginia and creates red to pink thread-like growth on the tips of the grass blades. It occurs when weather conditions are warm and dry and commonly affects lawns that don't receive enough sunlight, have thick thatch, and are deficient in nitrogen.

If your lawn is suffering from this lawn disease, you'll want to schedule a curative treatment with a professional lawn care provider to eliminate it from your turf. You should also schedule lawn care services to help your grass recover from the damage red thread has caused, including fertilization, aeration, and overseeding.

What is red thread?

Red thread lawn disease found on a potential client's lawn in Arlington, VA.

Red thread is a lawn disease that thrives in warm and dry weather, which is why it becomes most active during the late spring and early summer months. The disease also develops when air temperatures stay between 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and there are lots of rain. Thick thatch, poor access to sunlight, and nitrogen deficiencies can also contribute to the development of red thread.

It's easy to tell if your lawn is infected with this disease. From afar, you'll notice that it has circular or irregularly shaped tan, pink, or red patches that range from 1 to 2 inches in diameter. When you examine the patches closely, the tip of the grass blades will have pinkish-to-red threads. They can also develop a white or gray cottony growth when exposed to humid conditions. In severe cases, red thread can dry out and kill the affected areas on your lawn.

What should you do if your lawn has red thread?

If your lawn is infected by red thread, the first thing you need to do is to contact lawn care professionals to schedule a curative treatment. Working with professionals means your disease-stricken lawn gets the proper attention it needs. They will apply a curative treatment proven to eliminate red thread and stop it from causing more harm to your grass.

Some professional lawn care providers offer preventative treatments that keep red thread and other lawn diseases from ever becoming an issue.

Get your lawn back into good shape after a red thread infection by scheduling lawn care services.

White granular fertilizer spread upon vibrant green grass on a property in Fairfax, VA.

A curative treatment can eliminate red thread, but it won't undo any damage the disease has caused. Once this fungal disease has been dealt with, the next thing you need to focus on is getting your lawn back into good shape. These lawn care services can help your grass recuperate after an infection:

  • Fertilization: Fertilizing your lawn will provide it with vital nutrients that boost its health and strength after red thread. Routine fertilization can also help it better endure stressful conditions in the future.
  • Aeration: This lawn care service helps to alleviate soil compaction and ensures the roots of your grass have good access to nutrients and other vital resources. It also promotes strong and deep root development so your turf can recover quicker after an infection!
  • Overseeding: Because red thread can leave your lawn patchy, overseeding will bring in fresh, new growth to make your turf fuller and lusher!

Give us a call today to schedule our lawn disease control service.

If your lawn is infected with red thread, you've come to the right place. Our team at Hambleton Lawn & Landscape offers curative lawn disease control treatments to eliminate red thread and other fungal diseases that can weaken your grass. We also offer preventative treatments so that you don't have to deal with these problems in the first place!

Our lawn disease control service is available to residential properties in Arlington, Falls Church, McLean, and nearby communities in Virginia. Give us a call today at (703) 532-4911 to schedule!