Chemical Care: Practicing Prevention
BY CINDY RATCLIFF
here are some 100 different diseases that
affect turfgrass, each with a different
method of cure and prevention. Trying to
customize a program that defends against
each speciﬁc disease would be impossible.
There is a better way.
Your best defense against turf disease is to create
a healthy, vigorous turf through proper cultural
practices are the
disease and the
practices (correct mowing height, irrigation schedule, fertility program). The healthier the turf, the
less likely it is to become diseased. Prevention
should rely on these cultural practices ﬁrst, with
fungicides applied only when necessary.
When environmental factors come into play that
make it almost impossible to stave off turf disease,
you also need to know when and how to introduce
May 2012 / TOTAL LANDSCAPE CARE 61