Plant-parasitic nematodes in golf course turf can severely impact the quality of the playing surface. In climates and soils that are especially conducive to nematodes, the management of destructive nematode species is especially important.
According to Arizona-based Engage Agro USA, many fumigant solutions are being phased out, have severe restrictions, or are a real hassle to use. Now is a good time to consider using an alternative, hassle-free fumigant such as Nemitol to control soilborne pests and diseases in turf.
- Organic status (Washington State Department of Agriculture)
- Four-hour REI (restricted entry interval)
- No physical turf damage, setbacks, buffer zones or notification requirements
- Minimal PPE (personal protective equipment) requirements for operators.
A recent trial conducted at a premier Florida golf club revealed significant declines in the Lance and Sting nematode populations when Nemitol was boom sprayed four times at weekly intervals (see photo for results).
Using a soil fumigation treatment such as Nemitol can also help control and repel other soilborne pests and diseases, fungi, and insects on turf, trees, and ornamentals as listed on the label, the company points out.