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Keep an eye out for Fusarium Disease

Grassclippings - Fusarium DiseaseEvery professional Turf Manager is fully aware of the perils of their sports turf becoming diseased.

The finer the playing surface, the greater the disease risk and blemish to the sward.

A disease outbreak can appear over night which is why it is important to take a good look at your lawns every single day, especially in warm and moist conditions commonly found in the autumn months.

We have touched on Fusarium Disease in the past and how this devastating disease can literally spread like wild fire across a lawn and any outbreak must be controlled with fungicides as soon as the symptoms are spotted.

This disease will kill the turf grasses and even once a contact or preventative fungicide has been applied, a re application may be required after six weeks and ongoing when the environment is just right for another outbreak.

It's quite warm for this time of year at 9 degrees centigrade, there is plenty of dew and moisture on the grass and no breeze to help the surface dry out.  Brilliant for Fusarium Disease.  This image was taken on a croquet lawn today.  The cotton wool mycelium has worn off as the turf has been treated with a systemic fungicide this week.  Note the yellow and orange halo on the circumference. 

We grow tired of hearing moans from lawn owners, especially those with newly turved lawns stating that "the turf was delivered with Fusarium spores and they should replace it". To comments like this, welcome to real grass and real grass problems! A tired worn out lawn could get diseased many times and the lawn owner would probably never notice. Install some new grass and a lawn disease will show up like a sore thumb. Knowledge and advice is everything in correct identification and then control and then prevention. Do you need to buy quality lawn turf?

The fact is that newly turved lawns do get diseased and it is not the fault of the turf farm or supplier or landscaper. The turf will arrive on site, rolled up and this will generate a lot of heat in the middle of the roll. This is why turf should ideally be laid on the day it arrives and if this is not possible then to stagger the delivery of the turf so as to generate pallets of turf waiting to be laid.

I think that there are many landscapers, good and bad who are not fully wised up on turf problems and if they were, then some of the problems experienced would not occur. At The Lawn Company, we make a habit (unless budget constraints on the project) to apply a granular fertiliser as soon as the turf has been laid and also apply a preventative fungicide so as to get some control over a potential outbreak of Fusarium Disease or Snow Mould. As the new lawn is mown and the chemical 'cut out' over time, a re application may be required. Buy Autumn Lawn Fertiliser.

There are many diseases of turf grasses that may appear all in one go - how unlucky is that? These include - Fusarium Disease, Red Thread, Leaf Spot, Anthracnose (Basal Root Rot), Fairy Rings, Thatch Fungus, Dollar Spot, and a host of seedling diseases.

Red Thread Disease is common on poorly fed lawns in the growing season. It does not kill the grass plant. Fairy Rings are a bit tougher to control.


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