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Receive one free Fertilizer and Weed control application on your next service when you refer a neighbor or a friend to Guaranteed Turf Care and they sign up for our Nature Green or Weekender Mowing program.

With the winter snows melting away many are often surprised to find a series of tiny trails on the surface of their lawns. This is where voles have been active over the winter. 

Red thread is a foliage disease caused by the fungus laetisaria fuciformis. Its symptoms create an undesirable appearance but crowns and roots are not effective so turfgrass usually recovers. Red thread gets its name from the thread-like structures on the tips of infected leaf blades. The red /pink threads or sclerotia are visible without magnification and are useful for identifying the disease in the field. Red thread symptoms appear as circular patches of tan or pink turf about 4-8 inches in diameter and can join into larger areas. The pink color is caused by the sclerotia, which are the antler-like red threads protruding from the top of the grass blade. Pink mycelium may also be seen on the leaf blade. Other diseases, including dollar spot, pink snow mold, and especially pink patch, have field patterns and symptoms that resemble red thread and are active during similar environmental conditions; however, after close inspection red thread is easily distinguished from other diseases by the presence of the sclerotia.

Identifying and treating grub worms isn’t necessarily and easy task. White grubs is the general name for the grub (larval) stage of beetles in the family Scarabaeidae, order Coleoptera (beetles) that feed on the roots of turf. All species of scarab beetles have larvae or grubs that are C-shaped and vary in size depending on the species and larval age. All six legs of the grub are located under the head, and the diameter of the abdomen increases slightly towards the end. The grub’s head capsule is an orange-black color and the end of the abdomen can be darker than the rest. The most common white grubs in Minnesota are June beetles, Japanese beetles, and Ataenius. Remember all grubs start small and increase in size as they molt or shed their skin and change into larger instars (larval stage).

Diseases can form a resistance to fungicides after repeated use, but you can minimize this threat by using different fungicids to prevent disease resistance in plants.  

It’s easy to identify and treat dollar spot fungus in your lawn. Dollar spot is a disease of turfgrass that gets its name from the straw-colored, silver dollar-sized spots that appear on golf greens.

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