Blue green algae (Cynobacteria) develop on the surface of overly wet soils. Green or blue-green algae are lower plants that mat together to form a slimy green-black surface that when dry rolls and becomes crusty. Algae do not directly infect turf, but it is competitive in low density turf areas and inhibits important processes, like soil oxygen exchange by sealing the soil surface. From a sport’s playability stand-point algae can directly affect footing/traction, because it can become slippery.
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