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Spring Dead Spot

Each spring plants bloom, birds sing and Spring Dead Spot appears in Bermudagrass.  The fairways here are no exception to the number one disease of bermudagrass.  This disease attacks the roots of the plant in the fall and weakens the turf without any visual symptoms.  In the spring varying sizes of dead circular areas appear.  Late fall applications of nitrogen, wet fall/winter, and excessive compaction and thatch are all predispositions for disease development.  Right now we are mapping the areas where the disease is evident for a fall application of a fungicide to aid in lessening the severity next spring.  The earthquake de-compaction unit were are currently using will help out also.  We will apply extra fertilizer to aid in the recovery.

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