- There are several types of fairy rings – most are not harmful, just unsightly.
- A well-fed lawn can mask the evidence of an un-harmful fairy rings.
- A grade one fairy ring is a problem disease and control is difficult – usually the removal of the lawn and re-turfing is the only remedy.
- Good feeding, scarification and aeration can prevent their occurrence.
Mushrooms / Toadstools
- Toadstools are not harmful to the lawn (unlike fairy rings).
- Long periods of rainy weather may lead to the growth of mushrooms in your lawn.
- To remove, hand pick the heads away wearing gloves and brush the area with a besom broom to prevent sporing which leads to infestation.
- Red-thread shows as light brown spots on the turf which have a reddish appearance.
- It is a fungal disease and occurs mostly during or after very wet weather usually during the Summer and Autumn months.
- Regular Lawn King treatments as well as annual scarification and aeration can help prevent the occurrence of red-thread.
- Lichens thrive in poorly drained lawns and are often found under the shade of over-hanging trees.
- Lichen appears as a blackish leaf-like structure that grows through turf.
- Aerating the lawn each winter helps with surface drainage.
- Fusarium Patch / Snow Mould
- This becomes apparent in Autumn and Spring where brown patches appear with the edges covered in pink or white mould.
- It can be found particularly on poorly drained lawns. It is sometimes very noticeable after snow thaws. Annual aeration can help with this problem as it helps relieve compaction.