Greenkeepers are bombarded with turf problems in the form of disease, weeds, pests and disorders. Now, with many pesticides being banned and unavailable it's time for us to take back control of our turf. The good news is that it is actually easier without chemicals, because we are forced to learn more about the underlying causes of problems and become more familiar with the ecology of our greens.
You don’t have to be involved with bowling greens for very long before you encounter the infamous Disinfectant Tray at the gate or at the side of the green.
No, there hasn’t been a new foot and mouth epidemic, just a mild outbreak of paranoia.
To accompany this you will hear a series of myths banded about as follows:
- the green keeper brought in disease on his boots
- the visiting team last week brought disease in on their feet from their disease addled green.
- the contractor brought disease in on his mower
While it is perfectly possible that some or all of the above can import disease spores, these won’t result in a disease attack on your green unless conditions are optimal for this to happen.
A recent article covered this and other “fungal myths” in more detail.