Bayer Solutions provides answers for diseases that plague golf course turf. This information was assembled by the Bayer Green Solutions Team with valuable input from Bayer development scientists and area sales managers to provide key insights on the most common disease problems of turfgrass on golf courses.
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A tough problem on cool-season turf in late winter through early summer. This disease is also known as “Fusarium patch” in older references or as “pink snow mould,” though it can develop when snow is absent.
Pink and gray snow moulds are devastating turf diseases that occur on golf course putting greens, tees, and fairways in the presence of snow cover.
The decline in turf quality and growth of creeping bentgrass and annual bluegrass is a major problem on putting greens during the summer months. Both biotic (diseases) and abiotic stresses (high temperature, high relative humidity, excessive soil moisture, poor air movement) may be contributing factors to the severity of summer decline.
Anthracnose foliar blight and basal rot caused by Colletotrichum cereale, are primarily diseases of annual bluegrass and creeping bentgrass greens under stress conditions.
Brown patch is a common disease caused by the soilborne fungus Rhizoctonia solani. It causes foliar blighting of nearly all cool-season turfgrass species which include creeping bentgrass, perennial ryegrass, Poa spp. and tall fescue.
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Dollar Spot is a widespread and very destructive turfgrass disease that can be observed throughout the year in Canada.
Leaf Spot and Melting Out
Leaf spot and melting out are diseases of cool season turf caused by fungal pathogens in the genera Dreschlera, Marielliottia, Bipolaris and Exserohilum.
Pythium turf diseases cause real problems for golf course superintendents. Four major diseases are caused by various Pythium species: high and low temperature blights, root rot and root dysfunction.
White Grubs in Turf
Integrated management programs that include the strategic use of insecticides should be utilized to control these damaging root feeders.
Take-all survives as mycelium on previously infected roots and it can be a recurring problem on infected plants.
Winter Injury and Turf Recovery
Turfgrass survival under ice; fungicide longevity and snow mould clean-up; Early spring cool season disease solutions.
Pharaoh ants (Monomorium pharaonis) are small, yellow ants that are considered a major pest in many parts of the world.
Blacklegged ticks (BLT) can carry bacteria that cause Lyme disease, and are a major public health concern.
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