Pinkish red threads that form around the leaf blades and bind them together.  Eventually, the affected turf will turn brown.  The red threads will be most visible when the turf is wet and you may see red spores on your mower and shoes.


Occurs in Spring


Solutions: Deep, infrequent watering early in the morning, regular ferilization, core aeration, dethatching and proper mowing techniques.



Rust

Red Thread Fungus

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Small yellow specks on leaves and stems develop into orange or red pustules.  Heavily infected lawns may have an orange or reddish hue, and the lawn may begin to thin out.  This “rust” will be visible on shoes and mowers after being on the lawn.


Occurs in Summer/Fall


Solutions: Deep, infrequent watering early in the morning, regular fertilization, wash off mower and blades after use.  Collect and dispose of clippings to prevent spread.