Lawn Fungicide Program
Diseases can seriously damage turfgrass plants and the appearance of turf. Promoting vigorous growth through sound cultural practices greatly aids in minimizing disease injury. Frequently, however, environmental stress, traffic, or poor management weakens plants and predisposes them to invasion by fungal pathogens.
When disease symptoms appear, our technician must make a quick and accurate diagnosis of the disorder. They will also attempt to determine the cultural factors that may have contributed to the disease. The most common cultural abuses that aggravate turf diseases include close mowing, too frequent or too infrequent mowing, poor drainage, excessive thatch, light and frequent irrigation, over-irrigation, inadequate or excessive nitrogen fertility, shade, and traffic.
Despite hard work and good management, diseases frequently become a serious problem. This normally occurs when environmental conditions favor disease development instead of plant growth. For example, red thread, brown patch and dollar spot are damaging when unfavorable temperatures stress plants, impairing their growth and recuperative capacity. In these situations, fungicides are generally recommended in conjunction with cultural practices that promote turf vigor.
Fungicides may be applied prior to a disease outbreak in a preventive program or after disease symptoms appear as a curative treatment. Because of increasing costs of pesticides and applications, it is an economic necessity that fungicides be chosen wisely. Ultimately, using disease-resistant cultivars and sound cultural practices will provide the most efficient means of discouraging disease injury to the turf.
Our fungicide program will include at least two and possibly three applications depending on the turfgrass, type of disease, or its severity.
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