The snow is quickly receding, and finally we are getting our first look at how turf has fared over the winter. Actions taken during the upcoming days and weeks can help stimulate healthy turf growth and hopefully give turf a good start for the upcoming season.
Growing healthy grass under shaded conditions is often a challenge for homeowners. Shade occurs, to some degree, in almost all lawns. Shade problems for turf may be reduced by improving the growing environment, selecting the proper variety of grass, or altering turfgrass management practices.
Take all patch is a disease of creeping bentgrass and can occur on golf course putting greens, tees and fairways.
Summer patch is perhaps the most important disease of Kentucky bluegrass in Connecticut and throughout the Northeastern United States. On golf courses in New England, summer patch is a major disease of annual bluegrass.
Red thread and pink patch can both occur on a variety of turfgrasses including ryegrasses, fescues, bluegrasses, and bentgrasses. Red thread, however, is generally the most severe of the two and may cause significant injury to both perennial ryegrass and creeping red fescue.
Necrotic ring spot is cause by a root-infecting fungus (Ophiosphaerella korrae) that affects Kentucky bluegrass and annual bluegrass.
Brown ring patch, also known as Waitea patch, is a “new” disease of annual bluegrass putting greens that has recently appeared in the western, Midwestern and northeastern United States.
Bacterial wilt is an increasing disease of annual bluegrass (Poa annua) throughout New England. The disease is caused by the only known bacterial disease of turfgrasses in the United States.
This new extension bulletin details the best management practices for managing pesticide-free, cool-season athletic fields based on research results to date. This is considered a working document, indicating that research related to this topic is currently on going at University of Connecticut and other research institutions. These recommendations will be updated accordingly as more research […]