The particular disease that horticulturalists are concerned by is known as Microdochium patch, or more commonly as Fusarium patch. The disease affects turf and it tends to thrive when conditions are kept moist for long periods of time. Significant snow cover blankets areas of grass creating a moist environment where Fusarium can grow and spread.
This is bad news for grounds staff and members of the public already struggling to tackle the effect of poor weather conditions on their gardens. Grass is particularly hardy and lawns are capable of keeping gardens looking great throughout the winter, but the Fusarium patch disease is a vehicle for serious pathology that wrecks green spaces.
In 2010, gardeners and grounds keepers experienced major disruption because of the Fusarium patch outbreak associated with snow cover over a particularly cold and snowy winter. 2012 looks like ushering in a repeat of those conditions and the team at Turfonline want people to be ready in good time.
SOURCE Turfland Farms Ltd