Managing turf in periods of low sunlight and shade

Overcast weather conditions being experienced in eastern regions of Australia, with regular and consecutive days of very low sunlight levels, combined with rapidly shortening day length, can place increased abiotic stress on turf plants. Low light levels can reduce the photosynthetic rate and the build-up of carbohydrate reserves in turf. In low light, couch grass becomes thin, off-colour, weak looking and mower scalp injury is common (algae can then establish.) Cool-season turf with low energy reserves due to low light conditions may compromise speed of recovery from autumn renovations.

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How can Stressgard help mitigate stress from shade and low light conditions?

The science:

  1. Photosynthesis is the driver of all plant energy production and subsequent processes
  2. The protection and maintenance of chlorophyll with Stressgard ultimately improves the turf’s ability to photosynthesise, which is beneficial to all turfgrass under any stress condition

The research:

1. A study by Huang and Liu, published in 2009 in the International Turfgrass Society Research Journal showed that Signature® Stressgard® alone in the absence of disease, can improve photosynthesis under low light conditions.

2. Research by Danneberger et. al in 2017 from Ohio State University demonstrated the positive impact of Signature on creeping bentgrass in shade, being thicker, more rigid cell walls, complete cells and higher internal turgor pressure leading to upright, non-elongated growth.

Stressgard Benefits – Quality and vigour under shade stress

Stressgard use in shade

 

Stressgard products and labelled diseases
Stressgard pack shots

 

For further information:

James Royal

Sales & Marketing Manager - Turf & Ornamentals

(m) 0408 903 252