PESTS & PESTICIDES
Over recent years, the relative importance of specific fungal diseases and invertebrate pest problems on areas of amenity turf has changed. This may be attributed in part to changes in maintenance practice, the increase in demands placed on amenity turf areas, improvement in cultivar availability and changes in pesticide chemistry & approvals.
Will they continue to change? I see no reason why they should not - but there are those who would argue strongly against this view. We are dealing with a 'natural system' and maintaining it under unnatural conditions, inducing conditions of stress for much of the growing season. Stress is one of the key factors in the development of fungal disease problems. New diseases are continually being identified in all areas of horticulture and agriculture. Why should turf culture be any different?
The aim of this part of the web site is to post items of interest including identification of 'new' disease & pest problems and changes in pesticide use which will affect affect control of these disease & pest problems. In the future, would like it to become an area in which I can put your comments, your concerns about disease & pest problems and share information on methods of control for the disease or pest.
If you have a specific question on a disease or pest problem of amenity turf, please email me and I will get back to you. I may post your request on this site (but, if requested, your personal details will remain confidential) because it is more likely than not that others would like an answer to the same question.
If you have any comments on disease or pest problems which you would like to share with other turf managers, please send them to me and I will add them to this page. These may include successful cultural control of a persistent disease problem or the acceptable reduction in population of a damaging pest from repeatedly affected areas. This area will be developed according to your requests and suggestions. With so many sites offering a information on all aspects of amenity turf management, it may prove to be extremely useful to have one which focuses specifically on disease & pest problems. You can email me or contact me at the office. I look forward to hearing from you.