This has been one of the rainiest summers on record in Pennsylvania. Turf diseases can always be an issue in the summertime, but typically timely fungicide applications and good cultural practices keep them at a minimum. This year, however, all that wet weather has led to an unprecedented disease problem that is plaguing golf courses and other turfed areas around the state.
Some of the largest turf troubles we have seen are dollar spot, brown patch, and Pythium. While typically these diseases are sparked by combined moisture and heat, the excessively wet conditions have been enough to kill turf in even moderate temperatures.
In addition, several reports of classic summer patch have been reported around the state. Summer patch is difficult to control with fungicides. By the time patches appear in turf, it’s often too late to treat. The most practical means of recovery is overseeding affected areas with species that have a high resistance to summer patch and can germinate and establish quickly.
Another problem that emerged was etiolated tiller syndrome. This cosmetic problem tends to occur during extended periods of overcast conditions and wet weather. Symptoms of etiolated tiller syndrome, also called mad tiller, include rapid leaf elongation and yellowing of individual ryegrass and bluegrass plants. In most cases, etiolated tiller syndrome is sporadic, affecting only a few plants within a given area.
If you are experiencing turf troubles, give us a call. Our lawn care team of licensed technicians offer professional services to residential and commercial properties to help keep your lawn healthy, green and disease-free.