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It's not too late to prevent fairy ring and Pythium root dysfunction

If you haven't made your preventative fungicide applications for fairy ring and Pythium root dysfunction yet, it's not too late, but it will be very soon.

Although symptoms of these diseases are most common during the heat of summer, we've found that the pathogens are most active during the spring and early summer. Fungicides are most effective when applied during these periods of pathogen activity.

Pythium root dysfunction is a common problem in the southeast on creeping bentgrass putting greens built within the last 10 years. The pathogen infects the roots during the fall, winter, and spring when soil temperatures are between 50 and 75 degrees.

Remember that Pythium root dysfunction is a stress-induced disease. Low nitrogen inputs (less than 3 lbs per year), drought stress, close mowing, and infrequent aerification are common sources of stress that compound the disease. Maintaining a healthy turf plant with sound agronomic practices goes a long way towards reducing problems. All the fungicides in the world will not provide acceptable control of PRD if the turf is continuously stressed.

Preventive fungicide applications should be made in the fall, winter, and spring when average daily soil temperatures between 50 and 75 degrees. For details on recommended fungicide rotations, please refer to our information sheet on TurfFiles. Remember that fungicides should be watered into the soil right away for best results.

We've made excellent progress in fairy ring management over the last 5 years. The DMI fungicides, such as Bayleton, Eagle, Tourney, Trinity, and Triton, have been providing excellent control in the southeastern United States. For best results, these products should be applied when 5-day average soil temperatures are between 55 and 65 degrees. However, as long as they are applied before symptoms appear, they will provide good control in our experience.

Just like with PRD, fungicides must be applied to the soil for best results. Applications should be watered-in as soon as possible with 1/8" to 1/4" of irrigation. We do not recommend tank-mixing the DMIs with wetting agents or soil surfactants, as we've observed reduced control from these combinations. Wetting agents should be applied separately as part of your normal program.

For more information on fairy ring prevention, please refer to the Fairy Ring Disease Profile on TurfFiles.

One response to “It's not too late to prevent fairy ring and Pythium root dysfunction”

Shane Ahmann said...

Looking for that fairy ring solution, cut back on the iron, synthetic urea and give me a call for the rest so that it makes sense when I explain it to you.
Good luck,

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