Turf fungus is very common, especially during warmish, wet weather, so don’t be too alarmed if you notice it on your lawn. Find out where turf fungus comes from, and what you can do about it, with expert advice from Essex turf grower Paynes Turf.
Believe it or not, fungus is present in all turf whether it’s new or established turf. The fungus becomes active during warm, moist weather, and usually occurs from the start of November until the onset of spring.
During this time growth of grass tends to slow down, there’s likely to be more rain than usual, and occasionally overnight temperatures are warmer than they should be for the time of year. All this, coupled with the presence of morning dew (that can become stagnant), are prime conditions for the growth of fungus.
How does fungus grow on new turf?
The actual process of harvesting turf is stressful to the grass plants and allows dormant fungus already contained in the soil to grow. The good news, however, is that once the new turf is firmly established and maintained, it will become stronger and better able to fight off disease and fungus growth, and the mould should disappear.
How to avoid turf fungus
Laying turf correctly is vital to its health. To help prevent the growth of fungus on a newly laid lawn never walk on the turf (unless you are using a board to walk on), and don’t mow the lawn until it has established. Also try not to handle the new turf too much before or after laying it.
Very cold weather (usually below freezing) will soon kill off any turf fungus, and once the turf gets stronger the fungus will disappear. The best way to ensure that your lawn remains strong and healthy all year round is to adopt a lawn care maintenance programme which includes scarifying, aerating, feeding and mowing regularly. View our lawn care guide here.
Tip! Always choose a reputable turf grower (one that is TGA approved) when choosing your turf, as only the very best, disease resistant cultivars will be used.