Red Thread Disease attacking Britain's lawns
It is fairly easy to prevent an outbreak of this lawn disease. The majority of lawns were fertilised in the spring months and now the benefit of that feed is wearing off. Add into the equation that some of the nutrients in the turf grass plants end up in the mower box as grass clippings and you can soon build up a picture as to why the grass may become weak and susceptible to an attack of Red Thread Disease.
Some times you will not see the little red threads poking out of the turf grass leaf, just some pink mycelium deposits in the crown/middle of the plant. In time, the natural growth cycle of the grasses will encourage the straw like leaves to fall off to be replaced hopefully with new green leaves. The most cost effective remedy is to notice the signs that the previous fertiliser application is wearing off and feed the lawn again before you see signs of this disease. The biggest failing of UK lawns is the fact that they are often mown too short and not fertilised sufficiently. Both are easy to remedy and your lawn will thank you for it.