Soil Treatment Works "Like a Charm" on Pythium Root Dysfunction

I've been superintendent for the Ocean City Golf Club in Ocean City, Md., for three years now. We have two golf courses – the Seaside and the Newport Bay — for a total of 36 holes. We have 19 USGA-spec greens, 10 greens that are straight push-up and nine that are an 80-20 mix. But I handle preventive disease control the same way on all of them. Before joining Ocean City club, I worked for Ruark Golf Management Group, handling maintenance responsibilities at several of their four Eastern Shore golf courses. It was there I learned how to manage root Pythium pathogens. One of the superintendents I worked with at Ruark, Eric Snelsire at Glen Riddle Golf Club, taught me how to prevent Pythium root dysfunction. He showed me how to use Segway® fungicide as a soil spray about six years ago. I’ve been using it ever since. Here’s what I do: Mix the low rate of Segway (0.45 fl oz/1000 ft2) with a wetting agent and apply directly to the turf Run irrigation over the top after application to get the mixture down into the root zone Rotate chemistries to avoid resistance development. Every other application is Insignia fungicide Make a soil-applied root Pythium preventive fungicide application every month from April through September I believe in early season spore control, in addition to preventive foliar applications. Segway works like a charm in my Pythium root dysfunction program. I’m a huge fan of FMC! Did you enjoy Mike’s blog on Pythium root dysfunction? We love featuring guest posts on our blog! If you’d be interested in writing a guest...