Excessive rainfall could be responsible for the onset of some turf diseases, especially during the spring when rainfall is heavy. Improper lawn care maintenance, such as a lawn which is under or over fed, cut too short, or is repeatedly waterlogged, could also contribute to the onset of lawn diseases. Find out what you can do to help prevent turf diseases with expert advice and tips from Essex turf grower, Paynes Turf.

Turf diseases are largely caused by grass plants becoming stressed, which makes them more susceptible to disease. This could occur through incorrect mowing, drought, moss, waterlogging, or when turf is heavily compacted. Turf diseases include Red thread, Leaf Spot, Fusarium Patch, Rust, and Snow Mould. Here’s how you can help to prevent the appearance of turf diseases on your lawn:

Mow regularly

Mowing should be carried out as part of a routine lawn care maintenance programme as it encourages the growth of new shoots, keeps the roots strong, and the grass healthy. However, mowing at the correct height is vital for the health of the grass; mowing too short will leave the grass plants susceptible to disease and fungus. To avoid the onset of turf diseases mow at a height of around 4-6cm.

Tip: Always remember to follow the golden rule of mowing and never cut off more than a third off the top of the grass at any one time.

Mowing the lawn too short could encourage the onset of diseases such as Red Thread and Leaf Spot.

Feed correctly

A regular lawn care maintenance programme will include fertilising the lawn regularly. Feeding with the appropriate fertiliser will encourage strong, healthy growth of the roots and grass plants, which will in turn keep lawn diseases at bay.

Aerate your lawn

Poor drainage is often the cause of turf disease. This is why it’s so important to aerate your lawn if drainage is a problem. Diseases such as Fusarium Patch and Rust are two very common lawn diseases that can occur as a result of poor drainage, and when thatch is prevalent. Click here to find out how to aerate your lawn.

Snow Mould commonly occurs when there is little or no air circulation on a lawn, and occurs when covered by snow. There’s little that can be done to help prevent the onset of Snow Mould, and it’s always best to allow the snow to melt naturally, rather than try to remove it. Thankfully once the snow has melted and weather warms up the disease will quickly disappear.