Apeiron Lawn Care

Taking care of your lawn in August

As we enter what is typically the hottest month of the year, there are some simple measures you can take to prevent your lawn suffering excess stress from the heat.

You should continue to apply a slow-release summer feed and weed treatment to nourish and strengthen the grass plants, as well as provide regular access to water.

Mow your lawn frequently on a higher setting. Aim for the grass to be 2.5 to 5cm in length. If your lawn has brown patches, this could be due to the hot, dry weather or it could be an indication that your lawn is suffering from a common fungal disease such as red thread. Late summer is an ideal time to review your lawn care plan.

If your lawn appears distressed despite the home treatments you have performed, we can help. Give us a call today on 01502 677 019 to find out how you can enjoy a healthy lawn all-year-round.

Your questions answered

Each month, we answer your questions to help you get the most out of your outdoor environment. This month’s question comes from David Peacock who asks:

“What is red thread and how can I treat it?”

What Is Red Thread?

Red thread is a common fungal disease that presents as dead patches on the lawn during late summer and autumn. If you examine your lawn closely, you may spot the tell-tale signs of red thread such as the formation of pinkish-red structures on top of the brown patches of grass.

Thankfully, red thread is a disease that responds very well to treatment and is rarely serious. The application of a high nitrogen feed is an effective treatment for red thread, as it encourages grass growth which, in turn, pushes the dead patches upwards. These will then be removed through regular mowing.

Taking care of your lawn in August
Taking care of your lawn in August

Dealing With Red Thread

If you are dealing with red thread disease, it is advisable to water your lawn in the mornings only so that any excess water naturally evaporates under the sun.

This is because fungal diseases thrive in humid conditions. To prevent red thread in the future, scarification and aeration at the appropriate times will encourage the development of a strong and healthy root system to ward off any fungal diseases.