Turf and Ornamental Pest Management

Bermudagrass Stem Maggot in GA Turf

Author: Dr. Will Hudson, Department of Entomology, University of Georgia The invasive bermudagrass stem maggot (BSM), Atherigona reversura, has become a serious pest in GA hayfields since it appeared in 2010.  The fly is native to Asia but is now found everywhere in the US where bermudagrass is found.  The…
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It’s that time again……turf disease management tips for fall

Author: Alfredo Martinez-Espinoza, Plant Pathology Department, University of Georgia-Griffin Campus Large patch: To limit the severity of Rhizoctonia large patch on warm season grasses (especially on zoysiagrass), avoid nitrogen applications at this time. Regardless of fertility, preventive fungicide treatments may be required. The fungus (Rhizoctonia solani) becomes active when night temperatures fall…
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Fall armyworms are on the move

Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) (Fig. 1) is a caterpillar pest of turfgrass and usually appear on our sod farms, lawns, or golf courses starting late August in Georgia. In spring and summer, adults of fall armyworm or moths fly north from Florida through weather fronts each year. They undergo several…
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