The Lawn Man

Yellow Tuft

Caused by: Sclerophthora macrospora (Sacc.) Thirumalachar, C.E. Shaw & Narasimhan

Yellow Tuft

Plate 1: Yellow tufts


Small spots 1-3 cm in diameter of yellowed densely tillered plants with shortened roots, that are easily pulled from the turf (Plate 1).

Where is yellow tuft found?

Close mown turf, especially golf greens and bowling greens.

In the UK yellow tuft has been observed mostly on Agrostis spp.

When is yellow tuft likely to attack turf?

During cooler, wetter months in spring and autumn

Effects of yellow tuft

The tufts reduce the wear tolerance of the sward as they can be easily pulled out.

Tufts can also affect playability by affecting ball roll and the aethestic appearance of the grass.

High risk situations

Soil saturation, flooding, poor drainage

Low lying areas

Cool weather conditions

Moisture retentive turf surface.

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