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Now is the Time to Prevent Large Patch in Warm-Season Turfgrasses

August 28, 2008
by Lee Butler and Matt Martin

Recent periods of cool weather have triggered the development of large patch in warm-season turfgrasses across portions of eastern and central North Carolina. Large patch is a common disease of centipedegrass, St. Augustinegrass, zoysiagrass, and bermudagrass grown for lawns, landscapes, golf turf, and athletic fields. Centipedegrass and St. Augustinegrass are particularly susceptible to this disease.

Symptoms of large patch appear in roughly circular patches from 2 feet up to 10 feet or more in diameter. The affected turf will initially be orange, yellow, or reddish-brown in color but will then turn tan and collapse to the ground. The disease can spread rapidly to encompass large areas of turf, and distinct circular patches may not be obvious in these cases.

Fungicides are available for large patch control, but they must be applied preventatively for best results. The first application should be made in the late summer or early fall when average daily soil temperatures are 70°F or below. Depending on your location and weather patterns, this can be anywhere from late August to late September.

One fungicide application will control minor cases of large patch, but two to three applications on a 4 to 6 week interval may be needed to control severe cases. Fungicides are not very effective once the symptoms of large patch appear. Curative applications will help to reduce further spread of the disease, but the affected turf will be very slow to recover.

For more information about Large Patch, including specific control recommendations, please visit the following link:

http://www.turffiles.ncsu.edu/diseases/large-patch

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