Grey Leaf Spot

Common Name

Grey Leaf Spot

Seasons of Activity

Grey Leaf Spot is most severe during warm, humid weather. Temperatures between 25°C to 30°C. When turf grasses are stressed by various factors, including drought, soil compaction and excessive nitrogen.

Areas of Plant Infected


Cultural Methods of Control

Balanced NPK, remove compaction , increase drainage, avoid over watering limit leaf wetness.

Scientific Name

Cercospora zeae-maydis

Key Distinguishing Feature

The causal fungi usually first invade the leaves, producing small brown spots. As the disease worsens, the spots on leaf blades expand and produce a dark purplish-red oval border around a tan centre. The spots enlarge until the entire width of the leaf blade is blighted.

Grey Leaf Spot first appears as tiny, brown leaf and stem lesions, which enlarge rapidly into round to oblong spots. The largest spots may extend nearly across the entire leaf and become a bluish-grey in colour. Mature lesions are tan to grey with purple to brown borders.

Key Products for Control:

Chlortan - 240mL/100sqm *LD
Impala - 60mL/100sqm in 5L of water (sprayer only) or 6mL/10sqm in 9L of water (watering can)