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Frequently Asked Questions


CIVITAS TURF DEFENSE is a pigmented product that contains an isoparaffinic oil similar to the natural paraffins found on the surface of leaves. When used as a preventative solution, CIVITAS TURF DEFENSE helps to deliver turf that’s as strong at the end of the season as it was at the start. Use CIVITAS TURF DEFENSE on your sports and athletic fields to save the time, effort and the resources it takes to treat damaged turf.

Which pests and diseases does CIVITAS TURF DEFENSE control?

Disease Control: Anthracnose, Brown Patch, Crown Rust, Dollar Spot, Fusarium Patch, Gray Leaf Spot, Large Patch of Zoysia, Leaf Spot/Melting-out, Necrotic Ring, Powdery Mildew, Red Thread, Gray Snow Mold, Pink Snow Mold, Southern Blight, Spring Dead Spot and Summer Patch

Pest Control: Annual Bluegrass Weevils, Banks Grass Mites, Cutworm, Fall Armyworm, Mealybugs, Mites and Sod Webworm


CIVITAS TURF DEFENSE smothers insects and provides a barrier that helps prevent insects and pathogens from accepting or using the host plant. In addition, CIVITAS TURF DEFENSE works to prevent diseases from taking hold in the first place by boosting the plants internal defenses, helping the turf to become healthier and therefore less prone to stress.

Can CIVITAS TURF DEFENSE be used in a tank mix?

CIVITAS TURF DEFENSE can be used in a tank mix to provide disease control ancillary benefits. CIVITAS TURF DEFENSE enhances the effects of iron applications so we suggest testing with lower rates of iron and slowly increasing rates until desired color is achieved. CIVITAS TURF DEFENSE has been tested for turfgrass safety efficacy with up to 44.6 g Fe (example 234 g ferrous sulfate/100 m2) or 1.5 oz Fe (example 7.9 oz ferrous sulfate/1000 ft2) showing no harmful effects. CAUTION: Do not mix CIVITAS TURF DEFENSE with wetting agents, surfactants, spreader stickers, etc. Do not use CIVITAS TURF DEFENSE in combination with PCNB. Please refer to the CIVITAS TURF DEFENSE product labels for specific use precautions.

When is the best time to use CIVITAS TURF DEFENSE?

While CIVITAS TURF DEFENSE can be used curatively, experience shows that it is best to use CIVITAS TURF DEFENSE primarily as a preventative fungicide. Turf must be actively growing and healthy for CIVITAS TURF DEFENSE to perform as intended. The key to achieving the best results is to start early. The first application of CIVITAS TURF DEFENSE should be made in the spring after the second mowing of your turf. With no known pathogen resistance issues, CIVITAS TURF DEFENSE can be used consistently throughout the growing season without worrying about maximum yearly application restrictions.

Does CIVITAS TURF DEFENSE have any negative impact on overseeding on sports fields?

Academic research has shown that CIVITAS TURF DEFENSE does not negatively impact overseeding.

What are the recommended treatment rates and intervals?

The recommended treatment rate for a 14 day interval is 5 gallons per acre – 14.7 oz/1000 ft2.
The recommended treatment rate for a 21 - 28 day interval is 5.75 gallons per acre – 17 oz/1000 ft2.

OMRI Listed

CIVITAS TURF DEFENSE is OMRI listed for use in organic production


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