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Fursarium Patch (Pink Snow Mold)

SEASON:
Fall to spring.

APPEARANCE:
Circular patches, 1 to 8 inches in diameter; tiny white or pink masses are sometimes seen on dead leaves. Fungal threads, also white or pink, become visible in early morning. Blades of grass are light tan and stick together. Small, white, or pinkish gel-like spore masses are occasionally seen on dead leaves. This disease is called pink snow mold if it develops under snow or at the margins of melting snowbanks.

FAVORABLE CONDITIONS:
Cool (40º to 60º F) temperatures and moisture

SUSCEPTIBLE GRASSES:
Ryegrass, fescue, zoysia grass, colonial and creeping bentgrass

RESISTANT VARIETIES:
'Medallion' and 'Scaldis' fine fescues, 'Eclipse' and 'America' Kentucky bluegrasses, 'Manhattan II' and 'Pennant' perennial ryegrasses

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