...for breeding turf problems. Yes, we finished our fourth heat wave of the year last Thursday with oppressive humidity and some showers. Although we dodged the heavy rain that neighboring areas received, there was still a whole lot of moisture in the air, which made the golf course a great petri dish for turf diseases.
Fortunately, at this time of year, we make preventative plant protectant applications to most areas of the course, and we saw little active disease. However, one notable exception to this is the Fine Fescue areas. While the Fescue definitely require more herbicide applications than any other part of the course, fungicides applications aren't something we'd typically consider.
If we're looking for a way to keep these areas thin and wispy, then some well-placed Dollar Spot disease might not be a bad thing.
Of course, Mother Nature will rarely do exactly what we would like. So, while a small amount of Dollar Spot may not be so bad, finding Brown Patch plus Dollar Spot in the Fescue isn't ideal, and may make spots a bit too thin.
We often say that there are no two years alike. If nothing else, we can always count on that, and with its own unique challenges, 2017 is proving to be no different.