Joined: Tue Mar 18, 2003 3:45 pm Posts: 2884 Location: San Antonio,TEXAS
I use ordinary corn meal. If you already have the disease, then use it at a rate of 20 pounds per 1,000 square feet. If you want to prevent the disease, apply at 10 pounds per 1,000 square feet every 60 days. Corn meal is an organic fertilizer, too, so you won't have to buy any more if you use that. I get corn meal at the feed store for about $10 per bag. If the price of corn returns to normal it should be more like $5 per bag or less.
Corn meal works by attracting a disease suppressant fungus called Trichoderma (try ko DER ma). When the Trichoderma are finished feeding on the fungi that decompose the corn meal, then they go to work on all the readily available fungi at the surface. The disease should be gone in about 2 weeks and you should see the grass greening up again in 3 weeks.
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Joined: Sat Nov 15, 2008 12:34 pm Posts: 29 Location: Rockwall,TX
I fought take all at my house for 2 years. First you need to know that it is take all for sure. Over all yellowing seems to be present. Any feeding seems to make it worse. I had heard that peat moss worked in controlling it but I refuse to use peat, so first i used coir ( coconut) fiber and it worked well. Now I just make sure that I top dress with a good compost during the winter months and spray it with a good microbial liquid like Medina soil activator; or keep an eye out for Howards lastest find from Alpha Bio Systems Labeled Turf Thrive. This new technology has really great potential but will be a little difficult to find until I get it into the local Nurseries. We will keep you posted on where to find it. Now don't forget that disease and insects are doing mother natures job of thinning out the weak, so check out all other enviormental conditions that might be weakening your plants!
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