Correct mowing practices

Fusarium Patch spores and infected clippings are also spread by mowing, particularly in the morning when leaves are moist. Newly cut leaves also present ideal entry points for disease infection, as the leaf exudates are rich in carbohydrates and nutrients.

Repeated very close mowing during the season results in a loss of plant vigour, carbohydrate production is limited, root growth will be minimal and the turfs ability to withstand attack by Fusarium Patch will also be reduced.

If mowers are poorly adjusted or the blades blunt, leaves will be shredded and there will be a greater area available for infection to take place. On the other hand if the mower blades are sharp, a clean cut is produced and such mower wounds heal rapidly, restricting the period of time available for fungal infection.