The first thing we need to do in preparation is to remove the dew from the greens. The picture below is of Ethan showing off his skills on the Torro Triflex, whilst cutting the 10th green.
This disease is caused by the fungus Monographella Nivalis (formally known as Fusarium nivale). Unfortunately, it is one of the most damaging diseases of turf grasses and can be difficult to control. It is found most frequently during autumn, winter and early spring, but attacks can occur at any time of the year.
The disease is sometimes very noticeable after thaws of snow, when it is given the common name of snow mould.
What to look out for;
- The disease is first noticed as small patches of yellowish, dying grass that later turn brown
- Patches increase in size and may reach 30cm (12in) or more in diameter, often merging together so that large areas can be affected
- During wet conditions a white or pinkish, cottony fungal growth may be noticed, particularly at the margins of the patch. This is not to be confused with slime moulds in turf control
- Ensure that the green dries rapidly after dews or rainfall by improving the aeration and drainage. This can be done by a combination of scarifying, spiking and hollow or solid tining.
- Remove heavy dews in the morning with a switch (a long, pliable rod) or bamboo cane
- Avoid high doses of nitrogen fertiliser in late summer or autumn – use a proprietary autumn feed instead
The fungicide we are using is Headway.
This week we are also spraying all fairways, tees and approaches to prevent worm cast.
Earthworms are much less abundant in acidic soils, so in theory reducing the soil Ph should help to r