We asked the experts: What’s the most important thing to consider when diagnosing a turf disease correctly?
Colleen Tocci, Marketing Manager | Engage Agro USA
Approach things methodically. If you can’t accurately identify the disease, you can’t properly treat it. Therefore, a complete assessment of turf variety, recent weather patterns (including rain/drought and temperatures) as well as recent maintenance and chemical applications should be conducted. Is the problem widespread or are there random patches? Are any other golf courses in your area experiencing similar symptoms? Once you have gathered all the information, utilize the resources available to you including your own expertise, university personnel, extension agents or disease specialists to help you properly diagnose and treat the disease.