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Turfgrass Disease Solutions, LLC is a privately owned and independent service company that serves turfgrass professionals throughout the mid-Atlantic region. The company is operated by Steve McDonald, who has extensive training in turfgrass disease identification, extension, research and teaching in turfgrass science with an emphasis of turfgrass pest management.

Steve graduated with a Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland (UM) where he studied and work with Dr. Peter Dernoeden. While at UM, Steve worked for three years in the Turfgrass Disease Diagnostic lab which received many samples. Although, he was involved in over 40 research trials, during the three years there, he has worked extensively with dollar spot, gray leaf spot and herbicides and plant growth regulators for the management of Poa annua in cool-season turf. Other projects dealt with: bio-stimulants, fertilizers, fungicide combinations, herbicides, cultural practices and turfgrass safety.

Steve has worked on both public and private golf courses as a intern, assistant Superintendent-in-training, and Assistant Superintendent. Most recently, he was employed at Philadelphia Country Club located in Gladwyne, PA.

Currently, Steve continues to be active in the University setting by teaching ‘Diseases of Ornamental and Turfgrass’ at the University of Maryland Institute of Applied Agriculture. His current research focus is the practical management of problematic disease, insects, and weeds in highly maintained turfgrass.

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