Managing Turfgrass Disease

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by JoeAtRU, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. JoeAtRU

    JoeAtRU LawnSite Member
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    Richard Buckley, Plant Diagnostic Laboratory Director at Rutgers University, has this to say about turfgrass diseases:

    "Poor turf is not the result of disease, disease is a result of poor turf. Be a good turf disease manager by becoming a competent agronomist. Then you can grow turf that tolerates, resists, or quickly recovers from pathogen attack."



    Turfgrass Disease Management 3/9/12 (NJ)
     
  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    When the weather is hot and humid or perfect (for disease)--everything hits the fan. Know your diseases and be prepared to take action when it happens.

    And grow disease resistant grass.
     
  3. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
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    I would have to agree with this. But as Riggle said sometimes stuff happens.

    To me turf/plant health is comparable to human health. Good health is a combination of several factors and is a cumulative effect. If a person practices good health habits they are less likely to experience sickness or will recover from it better. There is a saying in biology "Everything is everywhere it is just a matter if enviromental factors allow it to manifest itself".
     
  4. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    I hope the fellow who made that statement also controls the weather. There are grasses that resist disease, some more so than others. I learned the hard way that there is no such thing as a totally pest and disease resistant grass. At least ones that normal people want in their landscape.
     

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