Spring Dead Spot


Circular patches of bleached, straw coloured dead grass appear in spring as the dormant grass regrows. Patches reappear and expand in the same spot for 3 or more years.

  1. General Information

    Conditions Favouring Disease

    Most active when temperatures are cool and soil is moist. SDS favours cool, wet weather in the spring and autumn and daily temperatures of less than 15 degrees C. Typically found where thatch is more than 1.2 cm thick and in locations with poor drainage and low potassium levels. Heavy applications of nitrogen in late summer can often increase severity the following spring..

    Management Tips

    Preventative systemic fungicide applications during late summer and autumn. Maintain good nitrogen and potassium levels. Improve drainage and remove thatch. SDS is typically a disease of mature turf that is intensively managed.

  2. Treating Solutions
    Dedicate 2 to 3 L/Ha

    Dedicate is strong on ERI and patch diseases as well as offering useful control over a range of foliar pathogens. Dedicate is a must in any program.

    Banner Fairway 6 L/Ha

    Strong and economical Spring Dead Spot control on fairways, sporting ovals and other turf areas.

    Banner Maxx 5 to 10 L/Ha

    Banner Maxx is an excellent choice to use early curatively, after first disease symptoms become evident.

    Velista 1 to 1.5 kg/Ha

    Velista is a broad spectrum fungicide recommended for the control of many important diseases of turfgrass.

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