Turf and Ornamental Pest Management

Green industry webinar series

Green industry webinars are targeted to turfgrass and ornamental industry.  These webinars update the industry with current information in pest (insect, pathogen and weeds) management, cultural practices etc as well as offers CEUs in GA, SC and TN . The upcoming webinars are below:   September 18, 2019, Wednesday Multi-spectral…
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Scale insects on ornamental plants

Scale insects are very common pests of landscape trees and shrubs, yet are often overlooked when scouting. They can, however, be responsible for chlorosis, branch die-back or ultimately death of the plant. Scales are broadly categories as soft and armored scales. Soft scales produce soft, cottony, powdery or waxy substance…
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SDHI fungicides and turfgrass disease control: An overview

Introduction The succinate dehydrogenase inhibitor (SDHI) fungicide class is the fastest growing in terms of new compounds produced and launched into the fungicide market in turfgrass and in agriculture in general.  This fungicide class, which inhibits the complex II of fungal respiration, is not new and was originally called carboxamide…
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Dealing with glyphosate resistant Poa annua in bermudagrass turf

Many bermudagrass golf courses in the transition zone wait until January to spray herbicides for annual bluegrass (Poa annua) control.  This is the time of year when bermudagrass is at peak dormancy and nonselective herbicides can be used safely for winter weed control.  Broadcast applications of glyphosate (Roundup, others) are…
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Granulate ambrosia beetle can invade ornamental nursery trees earlier than you think

Granulate ambrosia beetle (Xylosandrus crassiusculus (Mot.); Fig. 1a) is a serious pest of woody trees and shrubs in Georgia. This was previously known as the Asian ambrosia beetle. These tiny beetles were first detected in South Carolina in the 1970’s and have spread across the southeastern US. Woody ornamental nursery plants…
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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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