How To Keep Red Thread Under Control

Red thread is a fungal infection caused by the fungus, laetisaria fuciformis. This disease will cause irregularly shaped patches of tan or red throughout your lawn. But it really only comes down to doing one thing, to ensure you never have to worry about it. 

The truth is, almost any lawn is susceptible to this turf fungus. However, it is not uncommon for some lawns to have more issues than neighboring properties. This is because of different soil conditions, maintenance, and water patterns.

So, let’s take a look at what causes red thread, the negative effects and point out the best way to control it.

What Does It Look Like?

You can identify red thread by the pinkish-red strands that extend from the leaf blade tip. Take a look at your lawn early in the morning, when it’s still moist. You might see what looks like miniature pink cotton balls. 

If you take a look at your turf early in the morning when it is still moist, you might find what looks like miniature balls of pink cotton candy. That’s a tell-tale sign. 

But it can be mistaken for dollar spot or lawn rust. That’s because the grass is usually tan or light brown beneath the growths. To properly identify the disease, you may need to get on your hands and knees to check it out.

What Causes Red Thread?

Red thread is a disease of turfgrass that is often associated with under-fertilized turf and one of the simplest recommendations to alleviate disease pressure is to fertilize. But it goes deeper than that.

Red thread loves Michigan summers. The days get very warm and the nights are cooler. These temperature changes often create a moist environment that fungi love, and it’s a perfect opportunity for it to invade your lawn. Red thread also favors cool-season grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, fine fescue, and perennial ryegrass.

How Harmful Is It To Your Lawn?

The good news is that red thread won’t kill your grass. The disease specifically attacks the leaves and stems of the grass plant. It will not harm the crown or root of the grass, but the areas that are infected will cause your turf to appear wilted.

 It’s also not aesthetically pleasing and can make your lawn vulnerable to diseases.  

How To Protect Your Lawn From Red Thread

The fungus that infects the turf lives in the thatch and soil and can be spread by dead infected plant material and by mowing and other mechanical maintenance. Be sure to clean your lawnmower after cutting your grass to decrease the chances of spreading the disease.

Fungicide applications are usually not necessary in dealing with red thread. The basic treatment for red thread is to fertilize the lawn with the proper amount of nitrogen as part of an ongoing feeding program. 

A fertilizer application will often help your turf outgrow the damage and protect it from other potential diseases. But keep this in mind, some turf diseases are aggravated by excessive fertilization, so be sure to have an expert diagnose which disease your lawn is facing before fertilizing begins.

Don’t hesitate to connect with the Lush Lawn team for treatment options if you come across it on your lawn. Contact your local Lush Lawn branch to request our services.

Giving Back Never Felt So Good. Lush Lawn Is Proud to Support Military Families

 

Green spaces make significant difference in all our lives. They help us breathe cleaner air, they cool surface temperatures, and they help promote physical and mental wellness. That is why Lush Lawn is a proud volunteer with Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops, a nationwide initiative that provides free lawn care and landscape services to families of currently deployed military personnel.

Our yards provide an area for children to play and friends and family to relax and connect, creating a beautiful place that positively contributes to the environment and the relationships in our lives. However, not every military family has the time to stay on top of the upkeep of their lawns and yards.

As a GreenCare for Troops volunteer, Lush Lawn removes that burden of lawn and yard maintenance off military families and provides the gift of green space when they are most in need of a place that can lift spirits and relieve stress.

Giving back to military families that sacrifice so much for our country is a selfless act. The dedication military personnel have for our country is inspiring us to work one yard at a time to make a small difference in their lives.

GreenCare for Troops marks its 15th year in 2021 and has provided an estimated $10 million in donated lawn and landscape services and peace of mind to thousands of military families in need across the country. By volunteering for this initiative, Lush Lawn is joining volunteers across the country to provide this valuable service to families in need of help.

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering or if you know a military family that is eligible to receive services, visit the GreenCare for Troops page on Project EverGreen’s website for more information.

Why Mushrooms In Lawn Are A Good Thing

With all the rain we’ve gotten recently and the warm temperatures we are getting a lot of calls about mushrooms in lawns. If you have them, as unsightly as they may be, you should actually be happy to see them. Mushrooms are a sign that you have healthy soil in your yard. 

mushrooms in lawn

Mushrooms are the reproductive part of fungi. All mushrooms are fungi, but mushrooms are not like mildew or other types of fungi. There are more than 144,000 known species, which include mold, yeasts, and rusts. Some mushrooms are edible and safe to eat, while others pose a great risk of harm if consumed or touched—including ones that can grow in your yard.

But as scary as that sounds, mushrooms are a sign of a healthy lawn. So, let’s take a look at why mushrooms in lawns are such a good thing.

How Mushrooms Form 

Mushrooms usually emerge out of the ground after heavy rain and when growing conditions are ideal—hot and humid. They’re typically produced above ground, on soil, or on its food source, but don’t stick around very long. They’ll spread their spores, and then go away when the sun comes out and the soil dries up. They’ll disappear as fast as they appear.

Why Mushrooms Grow In Lawns

Remember, mushrooms will grow on their food source, so if you spot some in your yard, there’s a good chance that you have some wood, decaying tree roots, tree leaves, or bark in the soil. 

Why? Mushrooms are one of the only types of microbes that can decompose woody material. 

Why Mushrooms In Lawn Are A Good Thing

If you have mushrooms in your lawn, it means that there is beneficial microbial activity occurring in your soil.  

soil microbial activity

Microbial activity is important for a series of soil reactions and functions, including:

  • Organic matter decomposition
  • Humus formation
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Aggregate formation  
  • Stabilization

In other words, they’re critical when it comes to breaking down organic material.

Don’t Eat Mushrooms In Lawn

Now, just because mushrooms are good for your grass, it doesn’t mean that they’re good for you. Of the 2,500 large, fleshy mushroom species in Michigan, only 60-100 of them are generally regarded as safe to eat

mushrooms in lawn

That’s why there’s a saying that goes… “There are old mushroom hunters and there are bold mushroom hunters, but there are no old, bold mushroom hunters.” Remember, even “edible” mushrooms need to be handled properly to prevent illness.

Ways To Control Mushrooms In Lawn

Because of the health benefits they provide your soil, you never want to completely get rid of mushrooms. They’re an important part of lawn care.

You can try to reduce the number of mushrooms you have on your lawn by introducing more “leafy” material to your soil. An easy way to do this is by mulching your grass clippings. 

You’ll also want to pay attention to how often you’re watering your lawn. Too much much water in the right conditions can cause your lawn to grow mushrooms, even if you don’t want them. Be sure you’re leaving ample time for your lawn to dry between waterings. 

Another thing you can do is to make sure your lawn has the right amount of fertilizer.  At Lush Lawn, we offer treatment programs for soil health to keep your lawn looking its best all summer long.

How to Choose the Best Summer Fertilizer for Grass

Choosing the best summer fertilizer for grass isn’t easy. But an important part of any lawn care program is fertilizer.

Many times you hear lawn care referred to as “weed and feed”, as we are working to remove the weeds and feed the grass. That fertilizer component is vital to keeping your turf tip-top, no matter the grass type. But is it the best summer fertilizer for grass?

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How Often Should Lawn Watering Take Place?

In the midst of the harsh summer heat, it’s natural for you to want to water your lawns more than you typically do. Maybe even every day, in some cases. Lawn watering is a critical part of lawn care, but it’s easier to overwater (and under-water) your lawn than you think.  

So, how often should lawns be watered in summer? Let’s find out. 

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What Causes Rust-Colored Dust On Lawns?

If you’re walking around your neighborhood and notice rust-colored dust on lawns (including your own), don’t fret. Lawn rust (also called grass rust) is a common problem many homeowners experience at one point or another. But understanding what it is and how it develops will help you keep those small yellow patches from developing around your home.

What Is Lawn Rust?

Lawn rust does not develop like the rust you find on your car or an old swing set. In this case, the rust is caused by a common lawn fungus. 

lawn rust
Rust-colored lawn dust is also known as lawn rust.

Lawn rust typically starts showing up in the late summer or early fall. It is a fungal lawn disease that is often triggered by the stress of shorter days and periods of cool, wet weather.  

What Causes Lawn Rust?

In conjunction with these conditions, lawn rust is often a result of several additional factors. They include:

  • Overwatering your lawn
  • Thatch build-up 
  • Deficient nutrient levels 

Watering your lawn is important to keep it thriving, but too much water can lead to trouble because warm, moist, humid weather creates the perfect environment for rust fungus to develop.

Thatch is a common and quite unsightly lawn problem. Thatch occurs when a layer of partially decomposed grass parts (roots and stems) build up into what looks like a thick mat on the surface of the ground. Gra

An important part of lawn care is fertilizing. Lawn fertilization ensures that your grass and soil are getting all of the nutrients they need to thrive. In the case of lawn rust, your lawn will most likely need nitrogen added.

What Types of Grass Are Affected?

Lawn rust infections can occur with almost any type of grass, including: 

  • Kentucky Bluegrass
  • Perennial Ryegrass
  • Tall Fescue

If you’re not sure what type of lawn you have, you’ll find that treatments are generally the same for all types, but it is best to check with a local lawn care company to ensure you are using the right product for your lawn.

How To Control Lawn Rust

If you’ve spotted what looks like rust-colored dust on your lawn, you should consider treating it right away. Our lawn care technicians are some of the best in the business. They can help you to confirm the signs and symptoms of lawn rust and prevent it from ever coming back.

Our team will not only properly fertilize your lawn, but they will also perform services like:

  • Aeration
  • Fungicides
  • Watering recommendations

We’ll identify a proper watering schedule for your lawn, to ensure you never over water again. 

Don’t hesitate to connect with the Lush Lawn team for treatment options if you come across lawn rust on your lawn. Contact your local Lush Lawn branch to request our services.

What To Do When Preparing Your Lawn For Summer

Preparing your lawn for summer sounds like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. By taking the time to complete three simple steps, you will be on your way to a luscious lawn in no time.

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Avoid Summer Lawn Diseases!

 

Lawn Disease: What You Need To Know

  • Don’t cut it too short – One common mistake made by both homeowners and some commercial summer lawn maintenance companies is cutting a lawn too short. If a lawn is cut too short, it reduces the plants’ ability to produce energy for growth. When cut at the proper height, however, grass develops stronger roots that support more vigorous plants that are able to handle stress better.
  • Limit the Water Intake – While it is important to be adequate on hydration, do not water the grass daily. Lawns need only one-inch of water per week, including rainfall.
  • Drought Scenario – Avoid mowing the lawn during drought stress. Lawns under such stress are limited in their ability to recover from mowing and can be damaged even more. Instead, mow the grass after a rainfall or after irrigation day. Also, resist mowing wet grass to avoid clumping.
  • Maintain Sharp Blades –When grass is cut with a sharp mower blade, the plant will heal faster than when cut with a dull blade. Dull blades will actually tear the plant tissue, not cut it. This torn grass tissue will develop a brown appearance at the surface and may become more susceptible to stress and disease. Sharper blades will prevent a brown appearance and help to prevent further harm to the plant.

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Happy Holidays from Lush Lawn!

To our customers, their families and everyone of our readers, we hope that your holidays are peaceful and joyful.

There are a lot of exciting new things that we are doing for the 2014 season.  While many of our competitors find time to rest in the winter, we at Lush Lawn believe in working hard year ’round. Lush Lawn has instituted special winter training programs for your lawn technicians so that they have the tools and abilities to better treat your lawn. Our office staff is busy fighting the snow on their way to work in order to make sure your accounts are setup right in the computer and we are ready to service you in the spring.

Lush Lawn will be adding lawn paint to our service line. During the drought season, late fall or for a special occasion we can paint your lawn the darkest green or make it stand out with fashionable blue or red. Who says you need a green lawn?

As always I love challenging the conventional wisdom of lawn care and next year Lush Lawn, thanks to you, is poised to become the number 3 lawn care company in the state of Michigan and the number one non-national lawn care company in the state.

Last year our company formed a group called the Tree Brotherhood. This group is comprised of our own certified arborist Travis Wagner and our tree technicians led by Erik Hutson. The Tree Brotherhood regularly meets and discusses improvements to our tree services. As a result Lush Lawn will be adding products to better take care of mites and the use of organic microbes that will stimulate tree root development and allow your trees to better absorb nutrients and fertilizers.

Lush Lawn is also committed to our local communities in southeast Michigan by supporting little league and travel league baseball programs from Troy to Grand Blanc. We also support Michigan Youth Leadership in Plymouth and are always welcome to customer’s suggestions on local charities and community activities. It is our goal to grow together with the communities that we service and make our homes a better place to live and enjoy the ‘Lush Lawn Experience’.

Our sincerest wishes of Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones,

Aaron, Alex, Athena & Sophia Samson 

Welcome to The Lush Lawn Blog!

We are excited to launch our brand new blog. We will be posting weekly articles on Lush Lawn’s passions: Lawn care, tree care, pest control, and of course, the beautiful state of Michigan.

We hope to see you here week after week and to read your comments and questions. This blog will be a collaboration work among our most knowledgeable lawn specialist at Lush Lawn because we want to make sure you receive the most accurate and relevant information. Feel free to suggest topics as well!

Best wishes!