Damping Off appears as blighted seedlings. Individual seedlings are stunted with water soaked leaves. Seedlings collapse and die, causing irregular patches. In the morning on dew covered grass, white masses of fungal mycelium may appear.
Seedling Damping Off
- General Information
Conditions Favouring Disease
Damping Off outbreaks favour high temperatures and humidity. Warm nights (over 20 degrees C) and hot days (over 30 degrees C) and high humidity (over 90%) combined with wet weather. More than 10 hours a day of foliar wetness for several consecutive days. Dense seeding preventing moisture escape from the soil. Highly fertilised turf is more susceptible.
Avoid mowing wet turf when temperature is over 21 degrees C to minimise spreading the disease. Seed at a sufficiently low rate to create a seedling stand which will allow moisture to escape. Pre germinate seed before sowing, minimise shade.
- Treating Solutions
Signature Xtra Stressgard is proven to protect turf from stresses during summer decline, improves turf colour, density, vigour, uniformity and playability.
Banol is a proven, reliable systemic fungicide which is highly effective in controlling Pythium diseases.
Subdue Maxx is an economical control of Pythium in all turf species, suitable for protection of germinating seedlings during overseeding.
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