Spring dead spot is the most destructive disease of bermudagrass in Kentucky. The most serious outbreaks occur under high maintenance conditions; e.g., high nitrogen fertility, low mowing height, and frequent traffic. Moderate to severe outbreaks can occur under low-maintenance conditions as well.

High levels of resistance to spring dead spot in bermudagrass varieties have not yet been demonstrated experimentally. Limited data suggest that those varieties with best winter hardiness are somewhat less susceptible to the disease. To date, no confirmed cases of spring dead spot have been documented in “Quickstand” bermudagrass, which may indicate that this variety will suffer less from the disease than other available varieties.

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