We asked the experts: What’s the most important thing to consider when diagnosing a turf disease correctly?
Matt Giese, Technical Manager | Syngenta Turf & Landscape
The most important factor for correctly diagnosing a turf disease is familiarizing yourself with how diseases affect your specific turf type. By understanding which pathogens typically affect the turf type, the symptoms they express and the weather conditions that promote disease development, superintendents can implement prevention tactics to help manage diseases. It is also important to consider the micro-climate within the stadium or complex. Airflow, shading, sunlight duration, drainage and temperature extremes can all weaken the plant and affect disease development and/or severity, especially in stadiums. Additionally, recording previous disease outbreaks, watching for signs of the disease (mushroom structures, foliage pustules, etc.), and mapping the location of infection can help with future disease prevention.