Pests and diseases occur in nature and lawns can become affected. Here are the most common in the UK, and what to do about them
Annual meadow grass is a one of the most widespread grasses in the world and is naturally occuring in agricultural land. Unfortunately, turf growers cannot spray out weed grasses because doing so would also kill the good grass. We do our best to keep our fields clean in order to minimise the occurence of weed grasses. It can be made less noticable by applying a fertiliser to improve its colour so that it blends with the rest of the grass, not letting turf get too long between mowing, mowing frequently, and removing grass clippings when mowing (since it spreads by seed). To remove clumps of meadow grass, cut it out from the soil and reseed over the patch.
Common to warm and damp conditions on newly laid turf and established lawns. Do not eat toadstools as they could be poisonous. The best way of removing them is to use a mower with a grass box attached and cut the grass as you usually would. Although toadstools are unslightly they will not harm the grass.
A fungal disease that naturally occurs when the grass is under stress. To combat red thread makesure the soil under your lawn is well structured and free draining. Applying a high nitrogen fertiliser can also help the grass to recover.