Talking Turf

  • I’ve borrowed a great blog post from my colleague and friend in the U.S., Dr. Rob Golembiewski, which highlights the many benefits of Stressgard® Formulation Technology on cool season turf. Although a majority of what he has written holds true for us up here in the North, there are some points of differentiation when it comes to products, stresses, and seasonal conditions that serve Canadian turf managers differently than our U.S. counterparts. First, Canada has led the way in recognizing and characterizing the benefits of incorporating Stressgard® products such as Trilogy into our winter programs for improving turf health and spring green-up effects coming out of the harsh winters. Now, as heat waves and stressful summer conditions become the “norm” over the next couple months, a variety of biotic and abiotic factors can contribute to the decline in growth and quality of creeping bentgrass and annual bluegrass on golf courses throughout the country. 

        • The problem – Decline in growth and quality of creeping bentgrass and annual bluegrass is a major problem on golf courses during the summer months.
        • Contributing factors – Both biotic (diseases) and abiotic stresses (high temperature, high relative humidity, high sunlight, excessive soil moisture (or lack thereof), poor air movement, etc.) may be contributing factors to the severity of summer decline.
        • Bayer solutions – Now more than ever, consider applying fungicides with Stressgard® Formulation Technology to provide both control of problematic turf diseases and improve overall plant health and turf quality.
        • The benefits of Stressgard FT – These include colour enhancement, selective radiation management, photosynthesis enhancement, oxidative stress reduction, plant defense induction, turf safety during summer applications, and overall improved turf quality.  Check out this video for more information. 

    Photo: Summer turf stress and decline on a golf course putting green.
    Photo: Courtesy of Rob Golembiewski, Bayer