What is red thread disease? Red thread disease is caused by a fungal pathogen called Laetisaria fuciformis (formerly known as Corticium fuciforme). It infects and kills leaves of grass but it does not usually kill the plant. Unfortunately, it affects some most of the common lawn species that we see including creeping fescues and perennial ryegrass. Red thread … Continue reading What is red thread disease?
Last year we had a dry summer and as a result, many lawns in the UK were looking rather worse for wear. Even treated lawns can suffer in drought and nothing can keep a lawn green if it is not provided with enough water. If your lawns are looking stressed out again this year here … Continue reading What to do with a stressed out lawn?
What problems does drought cause for the lawn? Lack of water causes severe drought stress in lawns. Without water, the grass will slow its growth and lose its colour. Fungal pathogens will find drought-stressed grass easy to attack, especially in the warm and humid evenings. Drought also increases the risk of causing burn/scorch from lawn … Continue reading Non-scorch summer lawn treatments
The instructions on the label of most fertilisers advise against use in frost conditions, you may have often wondered why we put this, and what would happen if you ignored the advice. I hope to answer these questions here... What does the label say? SmartLawn fertiliser labels advise against the application of product "if frost … Continue reading Why do fertiliser labels advise against use in frosty conditions?
UK lawns are well used to frosty mornings and the occasional dump of snow. We all know that it's damaging for a lawn to walk on it when it's frosty but we may not know exactly why that is. In this blog, we look at why that is and how best avoid damage and keep the … Continue reading What do frost and snow do to lawns?
Soil testing is a vital service for crop growers. When your income depends on the season's yield you want to make sure your soil has everything it needs for a large, healthy harvest. In professional lawn care, however, we tend to use it only when there is a problem with the lawn. Here's what you … Continue reading When is a soil test necessary for a lawn?
It can be quite surprising to find slime mould on a lawn, especially if it is brightly coloured! You may initially want to reach for the chemicals but there isn't really much to worry about, slime moulds are generally harmless and actually rather interesting! Here's what you need to know about slime moulds... What is … Continue reading Is slime mould a problem on lawns?
Biostimulants are growing in popularity very quickly, especially in the turf management industry; they have a wide range of benefits that make economic and environmental sense. They are usually made with natural ingredients, are generally low in nutrient value, and are used to improve plant health, colour and vigour. Here's a quick overview of the … Continue reading What does a biostimulant do?
If any of your customers have pets you are likely to be familiar with the problem of pet urine causing scorch patches on lawns. Most associate the problem with dog urine only but cat urine can be just as bad. It's generally worse with female dogs because of the way they squat as opposed to the … Continue reading Why does pet urine damage lawns?
Spring is one of the busiest times of the year in professional lawn care; the combination of fertiliser applications, scarifications and weed treatments makes it an action packed season! Whilst you plan your work it helps to know you have chosen a fertiliser that will perform as expected and help create the perfect lawn that … Continue reading How to choose a spring fertiliser